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Butler Offers New Learning Format for Certificates in Supply Chain, Production, Inventory

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Published: Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

Butler's partnership with Wichita APICS chapter continues to thrive

El Dorado, Kansas – The American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS) courses for Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) and Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) have made improvements at Butler Community College. BETA, a division of Butler, serves as the liaison for students into these industry programs.

Supply chain professionals assist in companies’ product networks. It is the system in which products are distributed or produced through vendors, suppliers and, ultimately, the customer.

According to Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI), a labor market analytics company, being certified in production and inventory management is a top qualification for a supply chain position in the Wichita area. It is only second to a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree. EMSI also shows that Spirit Aerosystems Holdings, Inc. and Cargill, Incorporated is the top employer for those who have a CPIM certificate. In manufacturing job postings, the desire of this certificate is higher than a MBA degree.

The new format for the APICS courses consists of an exam preparation program and web-based modules and study tools to enhance comprehension. This new format will allow students to take full advantage of the course through online learning, making it easier to prepare for the workforce.

Jon Cressler, the Chief Business Development Officer of BETA, speaks highly of the CSCP and CPIM certificate programs stating that, “It gives you the opportunity to learn about purchasing and logistics, and it’s never too late to earn your credentials.” Cressler also expressed that these certificates provide a great transition from the military into a civilian workforce.

Butler offers these two certifications from October 5 to November 23 on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The cost for the CSCP course is $2,095 and the CPIM course is $1,350, but prices may vary depending on membership status. They each accredit 36 hours of class-time and grant new employment opportunities in a short amount of time.

According to EMSI, entry level wages starts at approximately $29 per hour with the median earnings of $45 per hour for an industrial production manager in the Wichita area.

In the CSCP program, students are taught the alignment of goals, organizational skills and development of high-level knowledge. The CPIM program allows students to understand production and inventory management, and improve internal operations and customer satisfaction.

For more information regarding BETA APICS courses, please call Michelle Ruder, director of BETA at 316.218.6124 or email at

Please note, class schedules are subject to change without notice.