Confiscated Big Rig Gets New Life as Training Equipment for Del Mar College Truck Driving Students

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Kingsville Specialized Crimes & Narcotics Task Force donates tractor-trailer unit to DMC Transportation Training Services, cab retrofitted to serve as mobile classroom

“Del Mar College is able to enhance their training opportunities to include more students participating in their truck driver training program by repurposing seized vehicles into useable equipment for educational advancements,” said Cmdr. Guillermo “Willie” Vera with the City of Kingsville Task Force. “And, the Training and Development Agreement between the City of Kingsville Specialized Crimes & Narcotics Task Force and the College is beneficial for both entities and the communities we serve.”
Cmdr. Vera noted that Kingsville city employees can utilize CDL (Commercial Drivers License) training offered by Del Mar College at minimal cost to the city’s budget, thus saving Kingsville approximately $2,800 per student.
“The College assists Narcotics Task Force agents as needed with obtaining their CDL Class A licenses, which enables them to transport any commercial vehicles that have been seized in traffic stops to safe areas to be properly investigated,” added John Rojas, director of Transportation Training Services at Del Mar.
In January 2008, Kingsville Specialized Crimes & Narcotics Task Force agents performed a traffic stop on the 2000 Kenworth T2000 tractor and 1999 53-foot utility trailer carrying nine pallets of Mexican Coca-Cola. Agents noticed discrepancies in the driver’s log and also on the trailer.
Subsequent consensual inspections resulted in the discovery of $820,090 in U.S. currency concealed in a specialized compartment secreted in the front wall of the trailer made accessible by opening the reefer unit. Further inspection resulted with finding another $1,171,560 located in the passenger-side rear trailer door.
In all, agents seized $1,991,650, along with the tractor-trailer unit.
“When we took possession of the truck, the vehicle was in good operating condition but needed some minor maintenance and a good cleaning,” said Rojas.
The donation increases the DMC training fleet to 10 tractor-trailer units that Transportation Training Services utilizes in conjunction with six simulators––four mobile and two housed on the College’s West Campus.
With an estimated value of about $40,000 combined for the tractor and trailer, the College invested $10,000 in equipment modifications to get the rig in top working condition and to convert the tractor, which was a sleeper cab, into a mobile classroom. The investment also included an advertising wrap to promote the College, its truck driving training program and the Kingsville Task Force for their generous donation.
The original sleeper cab was similar to an RV, sometimes referred to as a rolling condo equipped with a mattress bunk and storage cabinets,” said Rojas. “This type of cab serves as drivers’ home-away-from-home when they’re out on the road.”
He added, “For Del Mar College to use the equipment efficiently and safely as a training vehicle, we had modifications made to transform the cab into the mobile classroom with three air ride seats with seatbelts to allow students to observe driving instruction while waiting for their turn behind the wheel.”


CVTA applauds Brad Bentley Being Named As New President for Truckload Carriers Association

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Today CVTA President Don Lefeve issued the following statement:

"Yesterday, the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) announced Brad Bentley as their new President. Having worked with Brad as a member of CVTA over the past year, I know he is the right person to lead TCA at this important time for the trucking industry. Brad is fantastic choice and we congratulate him on his appointment. He has done great work at Randall Reilly Publishing, particularly in developing the Mike O’Connell Memorial Trucking’s Top Rookie program. From all of us at CVTA, we wish him great success and look forward to continue working with Brad to advance the trucking industry.”


CVTA attended TCA’s recent Wreaths Across America Gala - September 9, 2014

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This year's Wreath Across America Gala raised over $250,000. 2014 marks the 150th anniversary of Arlington National Cemetery and this year the goal is to place a wreath on every headstone in Arlington National Cemetery as well as military cemeteries throughout the US.  CVTA has been an active supporter of WAA for the last three years.

Sharon and John Diab

Brad Ball, Lauren and Don Lefeve, and Carl Spatocco

Carl and Susan Spatocco, Stu Bowman, and Brad Ball

John Diab, Stu Bowman, and Brad Ball

Mike Reilly and Tom Kretsinger, Jr.

Arlington Strategic Planning Team


Gohmert makes stop at TSTC in Marshall

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Congressman Louie Gohmert visited the site of the International Schools/Texas State Technical College professional driving training Thursday.

During his visit, Gohmert met with Larry Hobgood, president of the International Schools, and the executive staff for the overview of organization, training programs and results of after participants finish the programs.

Gohmert listened with interest as various representatives explained the aspects of the training, and wanted to find out more about the funding process.

International Schools is a semi truck-driving training school that began in 1993 in Sunland Park, N.M. Hobgood told Gohmert that the program overall, including the Marshall site, had trained more than 28,000 drivers and placed them in jobs in the industry since 1993.

“The availability of funding to train qualified individuals is a key factor in the success of the program,” Hobgood said. “Most of the individuals in our program are not able to pay for the training or even qualify for financing... Continue reading.



Reaching Across the Aisle, Country for Jobs

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Source: Transport Topics

By John Diab, Chairman
Commercial Vehicle Training Association

The trucking industry is responsible for transporting more than 67% of the nation’s freight (by weight). Whether the freight is fresh produce, lifesaving medicines, auto parts, farm machinery or the latest tech gadget, nearly everything we buy has been hauled on a truck.

Additionally, almost 7 million people across the United States are employed in jobs that are directly or indirectly involved with trucking.

Trucking is critical to the sustainability of nearly all businesses and the U.S. economy. However, as an industry and a country... Continue reading.

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Congressman Brett Guthrie Sees Truck Driver Trainees in Action with Visit to MTC Truck Driver School

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August 29, 2014

Elizabethtown, KY (Aug. 27, 2014) – On August 27, 2014, Congressman Brett Guthrie visited CDL Training Services & Consulting Truck Driving School, a professional driving school focusing on commercial truck driver training, and met with Jeff Bauza, President of CDL Training Services & Consulting, his staff, trucking company representatives; Latasha Neal VP of Recruiting for US Xpress, Duane Boswell VP of Driver Recruiting for TMC Transportation, Jason Zaleski Driver Capacity Manger for Roehl Transport, and Tony Bennett Director of Driver Recruiting for PTL along with  Don Lefeve, President of the Commercial Vehicle Training Association (CVTA). The Congressman had the opportunity to meet with instructors, learn firsthand about the importance of truck driving school training, and gained a more comprehensive understanding of the crucial role the trucking industry plays in driving the economy forward.

“I was very pleased that Congressman Guthrie came to visit our campus to see our instructors and our students in action,” said Jeff Bauza. “We take pride in training students who, after graduating from our schools, are able to get good jobs and support our economy here in Kentucky. We instill the highest safety standards and provide our students with top-notch training. I was glad the Congressman had the chance to see some of that in person and actually participate in driving a truck on our range.”

During his visit, Congressman Guthrie learned more about the driver shortage facing the country. The shortage is expected to reach 239,000 vacancies by 2022. With the help of its members, like CDL Training Services & Consulting, the Commercial Vehicle Training Association (CVTA) is helping to educate elected officials and government agencies about the regulatory roadblocks hindering the process of training and hiring trained individuals to fill these critically needed positions.

“It was great to have Congressman Guthrie visit a trucking school to learn about the important issues facing our schools and carriers,” said Don Lefeve. “The current driver shortage is being made worse by skills testing delays, which is an issue that spans multiple states. It’s important for Members of Congress to know how state actions are impacting our national economy and interstate commerce. It’s our hope that, by educating Members of Congress like Congressman Guthrie, we’ll be able to find a solution to both the shortage and the delays, so the trucking industry can more confidently support the US economy.”

Congressman Guthrie experienced part of the day as a truck driver trainee, learning how to prepare for pre-trip inspections, the proper entry and exit of a truck, and shifting patterns. He was able to get behind the wheel of a Class A commercial motor vehicle to learn how to start, stop, and back the vehicle.

“I appreciate CDL Training Services & Consulting for allowing me to visit and see the important mission the school is undertaking,” said Congressman Guthrie. “Workforce training has been one of my top priorities in Congress and it was great to see their efforts first-hand. I enjoyed the training I received and assure you driving a commercial truck was a unique challenge. I look forward to watching CDL Training Services & Consulting grow and succeed in providing the training and education these drivers need.”

About CDL: CDL Training Services & Consulting has been helping people get high-paying truck driving jobs in the trucking industry since 1993. We’ve provided truck driver training to over 21,000 professional drivers now making a great living. We are celebrating our twenty first anniversary in business this year and are more committed than ever to provide the trucking industry with the best trained student drivers in the business.

About CVTA: The Commercial Vehicle Training Association is the largest trade association representing the interests of truck driving schools, students, carriers, and other businesses that depend on their services. CVTA school members have 180 school locations in 41 states and graduate approximately 50,000 students annually.


CVTA: Don Lefeve
Phone: 703-642-9444; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CDL Training Services: Jeff Bauza
Phone: 314-787-6511; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Trucker Shortage Could Hit Your Wallet

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FOX 42: Omaha News, Sports and Weather;

OMAHA (KPTM)- A national truck driver shortage could have a devastating impact on how people buy food, gas and other supplies according to experts.

“If we don't have trucks, you're going to find shortages of food, water, everything that we depend on daily,” said Larry Marsh.  Marsh is an instructor at JTL Truck Driver Training.

 Computers, cars, gasoline, food, and medical supplies are just a couple of things that are transported by truck drivers, according to Larry Marsh.

Marsh said the United States is in the middle of a truck driver shortage that is only expected to get worse.  Currently, there is a need for around 30,000 truck drivers.  According to Marsh, in the next ten years, the United States will need around 200,000 truck drivers.

“It's just every week, there's two or three companies calling in a panic wondering where they're going to find drivers,” said Marsh.

Marsh said there aren't as many young people choosing truck driving as an occupation and thousands of truck drivers are nearing retirement age... Continue reading.