LCC students fulfill dreams, become U.S. Customs Brokers
Laredo Community College students Alicia Wells (left) and Ana Flores (right) received their U.S. Customs Brokers licenses after successfully passing the U.S. Customs Brokers examination. On hand to congratulate Flores and Wells is LCC Assistant Dean of Workforce Education Roxanne Vedia (center). Flores and Wells credit their success to assistance and preparation given through LCC’s Economic Development Center and its innovative online learning modules. The online modules assist students in preparing for the Customs Brokers exam and cover pertinent international trade industry topics.
After making the life-changing decision to return to the classroom to pursue careers in the international trade sector, Laredo Community College students Ana Flores and Alicia Wells have fulfilled their goals and achieved their dreams of becoming certified U.S. Customs Brokers.
Flores and Wells credit LCC’s Economic Development Center as the catalyst for opening the door to their futures in international trade.
Initially, Flores and Wells began their studies in international trade through the semester-long online module courses that covered import and export trade industry topics. The learning modules, valued at over $15,000, were purchased through LCC’s Economic Development Center and came at no-cost to students enrolled in the college’s Logistics and Manufacturing and Distribution program.
Through these modules, Flores and Wells were able to accumulate 10 international trade certificates that assisted them in preparing for their U.S. customs brokers exam.
After owning a local business for several years, Flores was ready to make a career change and enter the international trade sector. Through the online modules, Flores knew she was better prepared to take and pass her exam.
“While at LCC, our instructors were very helpful and encouraged us, both Alicia and myself, to continue our education. I knew that the more I learned, the better prepared I would be for my career,” said Flores.
For Wells, the customs brokerage sector has always been a familiar industry. After dedicating her career to supporting local customs brokers, Wells decided to attempt the exam in the hopes of becoming a certified customs broker.
“LCC opened the doors for me – counselors, advisors, and instructors – they have all assisted me along the way toward obtaining my license. I’m so grateful to this wonderful institution,” said Wells. “Students who want to pursue these careers should take advantage of the amazing opportunities available through the college and through these online modules.”
Both Flores and Wells obtained their U.S. Customs Brokers licenses this July. In the future, Flores and Wells hope to open their own customs brokerage and make a positive impact within the community.
LCC’s Economic Development Center has dedicated itself to providing high-quality education, training, and services to support the economic growth and development of its local community.
“Preparing individuals interested in a career in the transportation industry is a primary goal of the Laredo Community College Economic Development Center. Through the Laredo Community College Logistics and Distribution Program, we offer supplemental resources for International Trade Professionals through online modules focused on preparing those who are interested in obtaining a certification as a Certified Custom Specialist (CCS) or Certified Export Specialist (CES). Also, we offer the Broker Fundamental online modules that assist individuals who are preparing to take the Customs Broker License Exam,” explained LCC Economic Development Center Director Rodney Rodriguez.
“I would like to personally congratulate Ms. Ana Flores and Ms. Alicia Wells for their impressive accomplishment in becoming licensed brokers and wish them continued success,” Rodriguez said.
As the top inland port along the United States-Mexican border, Laredo’s unique position as a hub of commerce and trade has created a plethora of job opportunities for individuals seeking employment within the logistics, manufacturing and international trade sectors.
Individuals considering a career within the international trade industry as U.S Customs Brokers or as an International Trade professional can take advantage of these valuable online modules.
For more information on these international trade modules, contact LCC’s Economic Development Center at 721-5110 or visit www.laredo.edu/edc.