San Jacinto College logistics classmates

Amy West and Ana Morales first crossed paths in Dr. Ivy  Jenkins’ principles of imports class at the San Jacinto College North Campus. This chance meeting led to a new job for Morales and a new colleague for West.

West, a port entry supervisor for the Port of Houston, came to San Jac as a 27-year veteran in the world of logistics.

“I have worked in the industry for almost 30 years, and with encouragement from friends and family, I decided to come to San Jac and get my degree,” she said. “It was a bit daunting at first, but the staff here is amazing. Dr. Jenkins always checks in on us to ensure we are OK, which means a lot to me.”

San Jacinto College logistics classmates

Classmates and colleagues Ana Morales and Amy West

When a full-time position became available at her terminal, West knew she had great applicants sitting beside her daily in class and shared the opportunity with Jenkins.

“I encouraged all the students in the class to inquire about the open position,” Jenkins said. “It’s always a great idea to get a job in the industry, if possible. Experiential learning is a valuable tool.”

After learning about the job opportunity, Morales wasted no time applying and was interviewed just before the College’s winter break. With her determination and skills shining through, Morales was offered a logistics coordinator position at the Port of Houston.

“I was nervous to apply,” said Morales. “I didn’t think I had enough experience, but I gave it a shot anyway. Dr. Jenkins encouraged me to go for it, and I’m so glad it worked out.”

Morales has been with the Port of Houston for five months, and according to her boss, West, “she’s killing it.”

“We had over 60 applicants for the coordinator role, but Ana definitely stood out,” West said. “She has been a great asset to our team, and I know that the education she’s getting is top-notch.”

Morales and West continue their studies in the program while balancing their professional roles. Their story underscores the importance of grabbing opportunities and forging connections.

“You never know who you will sit next to in class,” Morales said. “It might be your next boss.”

About the logistics and supply chain management program

From small shops to large corporations, businesses rely on international trade to function. You can become a vital link in this chain of commerce. Our program can prepare you for careers in transportation, international logistics, and global supply chain management industries.

Career opportunities include exporting, freight forwarding, government jobs, importing, trade compliance, and more.

Learn more about the global logistics and supply chain management program.

By Melissa Trevizo