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22 earn logistics certificates via MUSD
From left, Adriene Moncrief, Ryan Costa, Matt Drury, Rocky Heckel and Terence Hill celebrate following Friday’s Manteca Adult School Warehouse Pilot Program Commencement exercises. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT / The Bulletin

Twenty-two students took part in the Manteca Adult School Warehouse pilot program.

On Friday, all 22 received their Logistics Associate certificates – one each in warehouse (Manufacturing Skills Standards Council), forklift, and OSHA-10 – during a special recognition ceremony held Manteca Unified School District’s adult school facility.

Sam Strube, who is the principal of the Tracy Adult School, was impressed with the 100 percent attendance.

“Each one of you finished what you started – that says a lot of about you,” he said.

Adriene Moncrief of Stockton was one of those in the pilot warehousing program. She was thrilled upon receiving her certificates, with hopes that this career path will lead her to a job.

“I’m looking towards becoming a forklift driver,” said Moncrief, who heard of this MUSD program through the Tracy Adult School via WorkNet.

As for the 100 percent attendance?

“We were all dedicated,” Moncrief said.

The warehouse pilot program was a collaborative effort involving both Tracy and Manteca adult schools – Strube said that two students from Tracy received their certificates on this day – along with Prologis, which is currently the largest owner of warehouses and distribution centers in the world, WorkNet, and Delta College, to name a few.

“This was a team effort,” said Vice President / Marketing Director Matt Drury from the Tracy Prologis.

Students received their certificates from program instructors Rocky Heckel (MSSC), Ryan Costa (Forklift) and Angel Medina (OSHA-10).

Former Manteca Adult School Principal Diane Medeiros, who is currently involved with the Delta Sierra Regional Alliance, said that this pilot program was actually six years in the making.

Brad Harrison took over Manteca Adult School from Medeiros at the beginning. He’s hoping that the warehouse program will continue on from here.

As for the now-certified students, they’ll decide whether to continue furthering their education or pursue opportunities in the workforce.