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WIU to Host Second Annual ConNEXT Conference April 26

April 16, 2024

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MACOMB/MOLINE, IL - - Approximately 40% of all United States jobs are supply chain-related. Western Illinois University and Black Hawk Region Pathways will host the Supply Chain Management ConNEXT conference from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, April 26 on the WIU Quad Cities campus in Moline.

This conference is designed to allow regional high school students to explore high-paying, in-demand careers in supply chain management and logistics. Supply Chain Management includes the business functions that plan, source, make and deliver.

"Students will learn that the supply chain field encompasses roles in purchasing, distribution, warehouse, manufacturing, transportation, inventory management and risk management," Assistant Professor Honey Zimmerman said. "We are excited to work with local employers to share these opportunities with high school students. We hope that by hearing from SCM professionals about their career paths and daily responsibilities, these high schoolers will get excited about the opportunities available in the Quad Cities region."

Students will be able to rotate through a series of four breakout sessions, each led by a panel of industry professionals. In the breakouts, students will learn about different careers in sourcing and procurement, manufacturing and operations, distribution and warehousing, and transportation. In each of the respective breakouts, the company representatives will discuss the types of careers available and the skills necessary to be successful.

For more information, contact the School of Management and Marketing at (309) 298-1535. For more information on the Supply Chain Management program, visit

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