Students can take as little as one year to complete this online Supply Chain Assistant Technical Diploma, which provides concentrated learning by focusing on occupational areas. Students learn about supply chain management and how it relates to purchasing, inventory management, logistics, negotiations, global supply chain management, enterprise resource planning, lean, and service operations.

Graduates in this fast-paced, growing field can make a positive impact on an organization by increasing profitability and efficiency through skills developed in this program. Many careers and job titles exist in supply chain management such as purchasing associate, material coordinator, production assistant, receiving lead, recycling specialist, cargo agent, and freight broker, among others.

Supply Chain Management

Fully Online Program!

  • Overview
  • Why Choose Supply Chain Assistant?

    • Flexibility - online delivery is available to work with your schedule
    • Timing - start in January or August according to your preference
    • Concentrated learning - focus on occupational areas to expand your skills in a short amount of time
    • Credit for prior learning - let your work, learning, or life experience earn you credit
    • Pathways - gain skills now with a technical diploma and then apply those credits toward your associate degree

    Is This Program for You?

    Are you interested in business and how different areas work together to provide a great product or service for their customer? Are you good at coming up with new ideas or better ways of doing things? Do you like to solve problems and make decisions? Do you get bored easily and like variety? A career in supply chain management may be a good choice for you.

    Students entering the Supply Chain Assistant program should:

    • Enjoy working with people as well as numbers.
    • Have good communication skills.
    • Be organized and detail oriented.
    • Like planning, prioritizing, and setting goals.
    • Enjoy working with technology.

    Program Basics

    • Technical diploma requiring a minimum of one year to complete.
    • All courses offered online.
    • Classes start in August and January.
    • Financial aid is available to those who qualify.
    • High school advanced standing, transcripted, and youth options credits accepted.
    • Credit for prior learning available.
    • Credits earned in Materials Management Pathway Certificate and Logistics Pathway Certificate may be applied toward one-year Supply Chain Assistant Technical Diploma.
    • Credits earned in one-year Supply Chain Assistant Technical Diploma may be applied to two-year Supply Chain Management Associate Degree.

    Related Degrees & Certificates

  • Curriculum & Costs
  • Requirements
  • Admission and Program Requirements

    • Submit Application and $30 Application Fee
    • To make sure your classes are the right fit, we consider any previous college credit you've earned, Accuplacer or ACT scores, high school GPA, or an assessment at your registration session. Submit High School Transcripts, College Transcripts, and Test Scores to: Southwest Tech, Attn: Admissions, 1800 Bronson Blvd, Fennimore, WI 53809

    Requirements for Online Students

    Chromebooks are not compatible with some testing features within Schoology (our Learning Management System). Southwest Tech recommends not to use Chromebooks for classes.

    • Cable/broadband/DSL internet with a minimum speed of 1.5Mbps. You can test your local internet speed at www.speedtest.net. Run this test from the location you will be working from.

      Higher bandwidth and speed will greatly assist you in your online learning environment, so where possible, a faster internet speed is recommended. Cable internet tend to be faster than DSL or 4G wireless, although DSL or 4G wireless may also work depending on other factors. Your computer, other software (such as anti spyware), other users on the system, and system configurations can all influence your ultimate line speed. Many instructors use videos as a part of their instruction, as well as synchronous meeting times (Skype, Adobe Connect, etc). Having an acceptable internet connection speed will be important to your success.

    • Convenient access to a computer that has one of the following current versions of Internet Browsers:
      • Microsoft Internet Explorer
      • Mozilla Firefox
      • Google Chrome
      • Safari
      Call 608.822.2302 for verification of other browsers.
    • An active e-mail account (all Southwest Tech students are issued a free email account)
    • Word processing software (Microsoft Word is the recommended word processing software at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College). Free Microsoft Office software is available to all Southwest Tech students at http://products.office.com/en-us/student
    • Availability of 10-15 hours per week for each 3-credit course
    • Self-motivation and self-discipline

    Program Fees

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Estimated cost for each semester can be found under the Curriculum tab. Please note that costs are approximate and are based on the current academic year.
    • Please discuss additional fee questions with the program advisor or instructor.
  • Outcomes
  • Program Outcomes

    At the completion of the program, students are expected to be able to:

    • Define (plan) operations, transportation, procurement and distribution
    • Measure operations, transportation, procurement and distribution
    • Analyze operations, transportation, procurement and distribution
    • Improve operations, transportation, procurement and distribution
    • Control operations, transportation, procurement and distribution
  • Career Pathways
  • Career Pathways

    Career Pathways offer new ways to achieve your education goals. Instead of studying just one program, the Career Pathways model links related academic programs in a sequence. Each program offers direct job preparation AND a path to the next higher academic program.

  • Career Opportunities
  • Supply chain management includes a broad range of occupational titles. Those listed below are commonly found in industry, but specific titles will vary according to each individual employer.

    With additional education and/or work experience, Supply Chain Assistant program graduates may have additional opportunities in roles such as shipping supervisor, buyer, materials planner, production scheduler, manufacturing supervisor, team leader, and transportation dispatcher, among others.

    Southwest Tech's Career Connections Center offers Services to assist students looking for job placement.

  • Prior Learning
  • Credit for Prior Learning

    Experience Pays! You've Been There... You've Done That... Let's See If You Can Get Credit For It!

    Credit for prior learning gives you opportunities to earn credit for college-level knowledge that you have already acquired. This may be the result of work or volunteer experiences, certifications, apprenticeships, military training, extensive self-instruction, or professional development. Credit for Prior Learning affords you the opportunity to accelerate the completion of your educational goals.

    For more information or to request Credit for Prior Learning see our Credit for Prior Learning page.

    Supply Chain Assistant Courses that may have Credit for Prior Learning options:

    Course # Course Title Challenge Exam
    (Demonstration)
    Challenge Exam
    (Standard)
    CLEP Credential Portfolio
    10-103-106Beginning Microsoft ExcelYes
    Any Microsoft MOUS certification (even an old certification) will also be considered for CPL
    10-103-118Intermediate Microsoft ExcelYes
    Any Microsoft MOUS certification (even an old certification) will also be considered for CPL
    10-182-111Foundations of InventoryYes
    CPIM, CSPC certification from APICS
    10-182-112Forecasting and SchedulingYes
    CPIM, CSPC Certification from APICS
    10-182-113Shop Floor ControlYes
    CPIM, CSPC Certification from APICS
    10-182-114Managing Inventory LevelsYes
    Lean Belt with Verification
    10-182-115Lean PrinciplesYes
    Lean Belt with Verification
    10-182-1165S and TPMYes
    Lean Belt with Verification
    10-182-117Standard Work and Mistake ProofingYes
    Lean Belt with Verification
    10-182-118Process MappingYes
    Lean Belt with Verification
    10-182-119Problem Solving Using A-3 FormatYes
    Lean Belt with Verification
    10-182-120Purchasing ProcessYes
    Purchasing Process Certificate from APICS
    10-182-126Supply Chain Process ModelingYes
    CSCP Certification from APICS
    10-182-127Technology in the Supply ChainYes
    CSCP Certification from APICS
    10-182-130Global LogisticsYes
    CLTD or CSCP Certificate from APICS
    10-182-134The Role of LogisticsYes
    CLTD or CSCP Certification from APICS
    10-182-135Transportation ManagementYes
    CLTD or CSCP Certification from APICS
    10-182-136WarehousingYes
    CLTD or CSCP Certification from APICS
    10-196-175EthicsYes
    10-801-195Written CommunicationYes
    College Composition CLEP test would also be accepted for credit. However, the challenge exam is the preferred method.
    10-804-123Math with Business ApplicationsYes