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CVTA and Co-Sponsor FASTPORT Receive National Standard Apprenticeship Program Approval from the Department of Labor

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Partnership to Assist in Training Apprenticeship-Ready Truck Drivers

Alexandria, Va., May 21, 2018 – Today, the Commercial Vehicle Training Association (CVTA) announced that it received approval from the Department of Labor (DOL) to be listed as a National Standard Registered Apprenticeship Program for professional truck drivers. This designation will allow CVTA member carriers to compete for discretionary apprenticeship grants and fund the pre-commercial driver’s license (CDL) portion of related training instruction (RTI). In addition, the program will expand employment opportunities through apprenticeship in the transportation and logistics sector for military Veterans and civilians alike.

“The apprenticeship designation is an important step to have truck driving recognized as an in-demand career by Workforce Investment Board’s across the country,” said Don Lefeve, President & CEO, CVTA. “Our carrier and school members are dedicated to safety, professionalism, and meeting the demand for drivers within the trucking industry. This public-private partnership is a win for students and our country.”

CVTA’s apprenticeship standard was developed with co-sponsor and partner FASTPORT, Inc., the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Industry Intermediary for the Transportation & Logistics sector. As the intermediary, FASTPORT ensured the standard fell in accordance with the basic standards recommended by the DOL’s Employment and Training Administration (DOLETA) as a basis from which the sponsor can work to establish an apprenticeship training program that meets the needs of an industry.

“American industry is the foundation of our country's economic competitiveness and prosperity. The challenge? Significant talent shortages and skill gaps are slowing companies' efforts to expand, innovate, and thrive. Transportation Sector growth is hampered by an aging workforce of highly-skilled and experienced workers and a lingering challenge to attract new and more diverse talent pools,” says Jose Velazquez, Deputy Administrator DOL/ETA Office of Apprenticeships. “Apprenticeship is your proven solution for recruiting, training, and retaining world-class talent.”

FASTPORT President Brad Bentley agreed, saying, “By partnering with our company on this national standard, CVTA will be able to connect these skilled and sought-after graduates with leading employers in the industry offering registered apprenticeships. This co-sponsorship is a critical element to help the trucking industry bridge experience gaps for thousands of new truck drivers, and we are thrilled to help connect these outstanding CDL graduates with real economic opportunity in the industry.”

To learn more about Registered Apprenticeships in the transportation & logistics sector, and how to sign up to become an employer or training institution, visit transportationapprenticeships.org.

About CVTA

The Commercial Vehicle Training Association (CVTA) is the largest association representing commercial truck driver training programs in the United States. CVTA members represent nearly 200 training providers in 42 states and train over 50,000 commercial drivers annually. Advancing the interests of trucking’s workforce providers and employers, CVTA advocates for policies that enhance safety through commercial driver training, enable students to secure employment within the trucking and bus industries, thus further advancing driver professionalism. For more information, visit www.cvta.org.

About FASTPORT

FASTPORT, Inc. is an employment software development company that builds products to help Veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, transitioning service members and military spouses find meaningful employment. Using its proprietary technology, FASTPORT is committed to matching job seekers to employers actively hiring from the military community. FASTPORT, Inc. is a Department of Labor Industry Intermediary to increase apprenticeship programs for civilian and Veteran talent and has a commercial co-venture with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes Program to develop the preeminent employment marketplace to connect employers and military candidates. For more information, visit fastport.com.

Media Contacts

Kristine Gager, Director of Communications
CVTA
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Dave Harrison, SME, Executive Director National Apprenticeship
FASTPORT
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CVTA AND TENSTREET ENTER INTO EXCLUSIVE PARTNERSHIP TO INCREASE APPLICATION EFFICIENCY PROCESS

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CLEARWATER, Fla. – May 3, 2018 – During CVTA’s Spring Conference, the association and Tenstreet – an integrated driver recruiting software company – announced an exclusive partnership that will give CVTA school members free access to the company’s Tenstreet for Schools Tier One. Free access to the service is available for CVTA school members when they agree to an annual training of the Tenstreet platform.

“Currently, students are required to fill out basic information multiple times for multiple motor carrier applications. The application and onboarding process is very time-consuming and mired in inefficiency,” said CVTA President & CEO Don Lefeve. “Through this partnership, students will be able to enter in basic information one time, which will repopulate an application every time they apply for a job.”

Tier One of Tenstreet for Schools enables truck driver training programs to transfer application digitally, view pre-hire letters, access an interactive Driver Status Management Tool so schools can easily track all driver statuses across the hiring process, and enable real-time messaging between schools and carriers. Additional benefits of Tenstreet for Schools include application pre-population and improved tracking on their graduate-to-hire rate.

“We’re always looking for thoughtful ways to make life easier for our clients, which is why we created Tenstreet for Schools,” said CEO Tim Crawford. “One of the great things about it is that schools can even transfer applications to carriers outside of the Tenstreet network as well, enabling schools to continue working strictly within their Tenstreet dashboard, without a process interruption.”

About Tenstreet
Tenstreet is dedicated to finding new answers to the trucking industry’s toughest problems. Our revolutionary line of services, such as the IntelliApp and Driver Pulse, are strategically designed to create simple, time-saving solutions in the areas of driver recruiting, safety, onboarding, and marketing. We help companies succeed in a paperless environment, offer the fastest-time-to-hire, and ease the lives of our clients and drivers alike. For more information, visit www.tenstreet.com.

About CVTA
The Commercial Vehicle Training Association (CVTA) is the largest association representing commercial truck driver training programs in the United States. CVTA members represent nearly 200 training providers in 42 states and train over 50,000 commercial drivers annually. Advancing the interests of trucking’s workforce providers and employers, CVTA advocates for policies that enhance safety through commercial driver training, enable students to secure employment within the trucking and bus industries, thus further advancing driver professionalism. For more information, visit 
www.cvta.org.


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Kristine Gager 
Director of Communications 
CVTA 
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Tara Bush
Sales/Advisory
Tenstreet, LLC
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CVTA ANNOUNCES CURRICULUM DISCOUNT FOR MEMBERS

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Clearwater, FL., May 2, 2018 – Prior to the kickoff of its 2018 Spring Conference, CVTA President Don Lefeve announced an exclusive deal that extends substantial savings on Bumper to Bumper’s EASY CDL online training curriculum and platform to school members.

 

“This latest offering with Mike Byrnes & Associates provides our members the opportunity to take advantage of significant savings to increase their bottom line,” said Don Lefeve, CVTA’s President & CEO. “As an association, we look to provide new partnerships with vendors that add value to our members.”

 

In addition, the deal includes a free consulting services on how to integrate Bumper to Bumper’s curriculum within a school’s existing course structure. The offer also provides schools members a bulk discount on Bumper to Bumper text books.

 

Mike Byrnes & Associates President, Devorah Fox, said, “We are pleased to offer CVTA members this bulk discount and to help the next generation of truck drivers master the knowledge needed to be a safe driver. Our passion for the trucking industry and dedication to developing quality educational materials continues.” 

 

To learn more about how your school can take advantage of this great savings opportunity, contact:

 

Cindy Atwood, Vice President, CVTA

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John Rojas, Education Specialist, Mike Byrnes & Associates

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CVTA CONGRATULATES RAY MARTINEZ AS FMCSA ADMINISTRATOR

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. – February 14, 2018 - CVTA President & CEO Don Lefeve issued the following statement regarding the Senate’s confirmation of Ray Martinez as Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

“We applaud the Senate’s confirmation of Mr. Martinez as the FMCSA’s Administrator. We look forward to working with Administrator Martinez on issues affecting commercial driving schools, the growing truck driver shortage, and automated commercial vehicles.”

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About CVTA
The Commercial Vehicle Training Association (CVTA) is the largest association representing commercial truck driver training programs in the United States. CVTA members represent nearly 200 training providers in 42 states and train over 50,000 commercial drivers annually. Advancing the interests of trucking’s workforce providers and employers, CVTA advocates for policies that enhance safety through commercial driver training, enable students to secure employment within the trucking and bus industries, thus further advancing driver professionalism. For more information, visit 
www.cvta.org.


Media Contact 
Kristine Gager 
Director of Communications 
CVTA 
703.642.9444 ext. 104 

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CVTA President Responds to President Trump's State of the Union Address

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. – January 31, 2018 – CVTA President Don Lefeve issued the following response to President Trump’s State of the Union address.

“CVTA applauds President Trump’s focus on rebuilding our nations’ infrastructure, workforce development, and expansion of vocational training. Renewed investments in our deteriorating highways and bridges, and our workforce development system are long overdue.

Truck drivers are the backbone of our nation and the infrastructure we build. Commercial drivers move the very materials required to rebuild our country. Without drivers, our highways and bridges are not repaired, and our economy suffers. Quality driver training through CVTA’s vocational schools is not only important to highway safety, but important to our nation’s economy.

As Congress considers legislation to meet the President’s priorities, CVTA believes there are three policies that will remove obstacles for people seeking to become a commercial driver.

First, Congress should address our nation’s CDL skills testing delays problem by including a fix in any infrastructure package it passes. Skills testing delays are keeping driver applicants from securing a test appointment to obtain their commercial driver’s license (CDL) within a reasonable time. In many states, these applicants are waiting nearly 60-80 days before getting an appointment. Without a CDL, drivers are unable to enter the trucking industry, which makes fixing our nation’s infrastructure longer and more expensive.

Second, we urge Congress to fully fund WIOA programs at authorized levels. This is a critical source of funding that future drivers depend upon to get into trucking. Any cuts to the program will only exacerbate the driver shortage problem.

Third, we need to lower the interstate driving age to 18 so, as the President stated, ‘future workers can learn a craft and realize their full potential.’ Commercial driving is at a competitive disadvantage to other vocations because current regulations require anyone driving interstate to be 21 or older. Quality driver training and continued driver development will serve as a starting point for these discussions.”

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About CVTA 
The Commercial Vehicle Training Association (CVTA) is the largest association representing commercial truck driver training programs in the United States. CVTA members represent nearly 200 training providers in 42 states and train over 50,000 commercial drivers annually. Advancing the interests of trucking’s workforce providers and employers, CVTA advocates for policies that enhance safety through commercial driver training, enable students to secure employment within the trucking and bus industries, thus further advancing driver professionalism. For more information, visit www.cvta.org 

Media Contact

Kristine Gager
Director of Communications 
CVTA
703.642.9444 ext. 104  
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