SCI has served as a Department of Defense (DoD) contractor for more than half a century, with much of that experience coming in supply chain and logistics. So when the Senior Logistics Advanced Course (SLAC) decided to visit Sanmina and SCI, we thought it represented a great opportunity.

It did.

Last week, SCI and Sanmina hosted 30 Department of Army Civilian students from SLAC. SLAC is a professional development course offered by the University of Alabama-Huntsville (UAH) through the U.S. Army’s Civilian Logistics Career Management Office (CLCMO).

Based on the feedback we heard from the students, we believe the visit was a resounding success.

“Hosting these students will help Sanmina and SCI build stronger relationships with the men and women responsible for supporting the Army’s supply chain,” SCI President Mike Underwood said. “Civilians perform crucial duties in support of our Armed Forces, and SCI is proud to assist them in the development of their careers.”

Civilian logisticians play a vital role in the Army’s global supply chain, supporting Sustainable Army Readiness by creating and implementing logistics policies, programs and plans. Visiting SCI and Sanmina’s 685,000 square foot facility provided SLAC students with a chance to leverage Sanmina’s expertise in supply chain operations, as well as SCI’s extensive experience with DoD manufacturing.

CLCMO, which provides life-cycle career management services to Department of the Army (DA) civilians seeking strategic professional development and growth, partnered with Professional Development Solutions at UAH to conduct this program. SLAC is UAH’s new two-week learning event aimed at closing competency gaps and providing education and networking opportunities to senior DA civilian logisticians (GS-14/GS-15 level) from major commands throughout the Army.

SLAC’s visit included a tour of Sanmina and SCI’s facility, as well as a question and answer session with SCI’s leadership team. In addition, informal discussions included topics of interest to the students, including supply chain, manufacturing, contracts, business development, program management, depot and test services, and quality control.

All in all, it was a great visit with a great group of students. Everyone at SCI is looking forward to the next one.