Supply Chain Success

July 5, 2019 Washtenaw Community College

Hiyaam Yas

Yas had bounced around different colleges until finding a home at WCC in 2016. She recently completed the first 82 credits of WCC’s 3+1 transfer agreement with Eastern Michigan University. She’ll take a Supply Chain Management associate degree to EMU, where she’ll need just 42 credits to receive a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

“I fell in love with (WCC) and how comfortable it made me feel,” Yas said. “All of the instructors and administration are extremely helpful and want you to succeed. There are numerous resources to get you where you need to go.”

WCC also helped Yas find work in her field. Acting on an opportunity shared by one of her instructors, Yas landed an internship opportunity at Interlog Services, a global freight, audit and payment company with offices in Ann Arbor. That internship turned into a full-time, salaried position.

Yas says everything she’s responsible for at her position was learned in her WCC courses.

“I would never have had this opportunity if it was not for the Supply Chain Operations program,” Yas said. “One of my favorite parts is that they are all online. I get to pace myself and work from home. It is extremely convenient and gives me zero excuses to slack off!”

Joe Stiffler

Joe Stiffler

Joe Stiffler will graduate with a Supply Chain Management associate degree after the Fall 2019 semester, but is also already working in the industry. He said his experience at WCC has been remarkable.

Stiffler works as an inventory specialist for ThorLabs, a company that specializes in laser and fiber optic systems. Its ultrafast optoelectronics manufacturing operation in Ann Arbor is one of 17 locations around the world. He works to improve every aspect of the inventory for a smoother and more efficient operation.

“I’ve been taught success throughout all my classes (at WCC), from which I continue to grow every day,” Stiffler said.

Stiffler transferred to WCC and said he “quickly learned that WCC had everything I was looking for.” Like Yas, Stiffler said the online learning opportunities helped him gain an education on his own schedule.

“I want to say thanks to all the great faculty who taught me how to become successful here at WCC,” Stiffler said. Find more “My Journey” stories at FACEBOOK.COM/WASHTENAWBUSINESS


JOB OUTLOOK: Employment is projected to grow 7 percent per year driven by the need for logistics in the transportation of goods in a global economy.

Supply Chain Manager

JOB OUTLOOK: 1,657 annual job openings in Michigan due to growth and turnover in this career.
HOW TO BECOME A LOGISTICIAN OR SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGER: Apply to WCC today to get started on an Associate degree in Supply Chain Management or a certificate in Supply Chain Operations.