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2011 Industry Members

Vision statement


AllianceTexas – A Development of Hillwood

American Airlines

ATC Logistics and Electronics

DART Transportation

DC Logistics


Horizon Lines

North Central Texas Interlink, Inc.

On-Target Supplies & Logistics

Texas Woman’s University Leadership Institute


Partner Members

Collin College

Community Learning Center, Inc.

Manufacturing Skill Standards Council


Navarro College

Tarrant County College

Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center

Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas


Contact Info

Kent Andersen
Business Development Manager/Cluster Manager

Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas
600 Six Flags Drive
Arlington, TX 76011


The North Texas Supply Chain Council (NTSCC) is a leading force in the development of a Logistics, Supply Chain & Advanced Manufacuring Center of Excellence for the North Central Texas region, which is focused on strengthening economic development, education opportunities, job creation, and advanced ready-to-work employee base.

Mission Statement

To partner with business, academic institutions, economic development and workforce agencies to advance the NTSCC network and outreach, resulting in a highly competitive North Texas region.

Key Accomplishments to date

  • The 2006 DOL grant program has been completed with 314 individuals receiving MSSC Certified Logistics Technician (CLT) program certifications.   At the completion of the program, 170 individuals earned a Certified Logistics Associate (CLA) certificate and 144 individuals earned both CLA and CLT certificates. 
  • In June 2010, Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas was awarded a $2.8 million Community Based Job Training grant to deliver the CLT certification program in the Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston regions.  In the first year of the grant we trained 227 out of an eventual total of 900 individuals over a three-year grant period. 
  • The Journey Starts Here is our career path web page targeting students in grades 9 through 12 as well as parents and advisors. The site features a friendly environment to explore logistics careers and also features our logistics video
  • In partnership with North America’s Corridor Coalition, Inc. (NASCO), the cluster has been introducing the MSSC CLT Certification to an expanded audience along the I-35 corridor from Canada to Mexico. The program is continually highlighted in NASCO publications and has been featured in annual NASCO conferences in Quebec City, Des Moines and Kansas City. 
  • Presented the successful creation and implementation of the MSSC CLT Certification program at the 18th Annual Logistics & Manufacturing Symposium in Laredo on September 21, 2011.
  • Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas partnered with Tarrant County College and Hillwood Development to host the first Logistics Academy. The purpose of the Academy was to introduce Career Technology professionals from area school districts to the supply chain and logistics industries.  Presenters included Tom Harris, Senior Vice President, Hillwood Development; David Setzer, Executive Director, Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas; Dr. Terry Pohlen, Associate Professor and Director, Department of Marketing & Logistics, Center for Logistics Education and Research, UNT; and Ron Whitson, CTE Director, Texas Education Agency. Industry panelists included representatives from BNSF, Genco ATC, DB Schenker (Kraft), Southstar LLC (Kroger), Associated Wholesale Grocers and Sam’s/Walmart Distribution Center.

Without communication and transportation networks, the advancement of technology within the manufacturing process, and the building of workforce programs, business would be halted before it started.  The Dallas/Ft Worth Logistics Council is committed to creating a strategic plan that identifies and invests in key resources including infrastructure, education, and the creation of a ready-to-work workforce for the profitability of business across Texas.  Strategic planning for tomorrow ensures a successful today.

Maria Smith-Breckenridge
North Texas RCIC

  Strategic Plan

The Strategic Plan for the Logistics Cluster in North Texas will focus on the following:

  1. Secure funding that will advance the Logistics, Supply Chain and Advanced Manufacturing capabilities of the North Texas region, as well as promote the education and training of the workforce.
  2. Build partners and relationships between academic, government and industry for the identification of best practices, shared resources and training curriculum.
  3. Utilizing the NTSCC, the cluster will continue to focus on needed resources, best practices, economic development strategies and sustainability of certification programs beyond the development of the CLT certification program.
  4. Cultivate relationships with industry members involved with the hiring and training of advanced manufacturing and logistics workers. Through active relationships we will be able to insure industry is aware of the scope of information contained in CLA/CLT curriculum and how it relates to the quality of their future employees.
  5. Work with area school districts to introduce the MSSC certification programs into their career and technical curriculums.
Planned Future Activities

  • Build on our relationships with regional school district Career Technology Education (CTE) programs.
  • Conduct a workshop at the 15th Annual Texas Workforce Conference in Houston. The workshop will focus on the creation and implementation of the first-of-its-kind, nationally portable logistics certification, and employer reaction to its introduction.
  • Develop the 2012 Workforce Summit in April 2012 in cooperation with NASCO and MSSC.
  • Outreach to businesses in the Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston metro areas, Southern California and Indiana for the purpose of conducting a study on CLT acceptance in business and creating a white paper. 
  • Develop second Logistics Academy in fall of 2012.

North Texas is recognized as the leading intermodal distribution center in the Southwest and one of the top distribution centers in the North American trading bloc. The region acts as a staging area for truck, rail and air cargo into the U.S. and sits along two central corridors of trade. These corridors carry goods from West Coast and Mexican deep-water ports through the Dallas/Fort Worth region and into eastern U.S. and Canadian markets. Both of these corridors support the existing regional network of inland ports, including Alliance Texas along I-35 in Fort Worth and the International Inland Port of Dallas (IIPOD) along I-20. The Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport cargo has quadrupled since 1993, reaching 251,000 metric tonnes in 2009. It is also the only airport in the world capable of landing four aircraft simultaneously.

Dallas/Fort Worth sits at the focal point of five major interstate highways, more than any other major metropolitan region in the U.S. The nation's second largest railroad, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF), has its corporate headquarters in Fort Worth. Two additional Class 1 freight line rail carriers, more than 600 motor carriers and over 100 freight forwarders conduct operations in the region. Due to the region's proximity in the North American Market, pro-business climate and availability of land, the region enjoys a significant cost advantage when compared to other major distribution hubs in the United States.