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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.

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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.”

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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

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Gohmert makes stop at TSTC in Marshall

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Source: marshallnewsmessenger.com/news/gohmert-makes-stop-at-
tstc-in-marshall/article_e12813fe-c8c4-572c-b2a8-f97099f52e03.html

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.

Source: marshallnewsmessenger.com/news/gohmert-makes-stop-at-tstc-in-marshall/article_e12813fe-c8c4-572c-b2a8-f97099f52e03.html

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Reaching Across the Aisle, Country for Jobs

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Source: Transport Topics ttnews.com/articles/
basetemplate.aspx?storyid=35893

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.

Source: Transport Topics - ttnews.com/articles/basetemplate.aspx?storyid=35893

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

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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.”

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Trucker Shortage Could Hit Your Wallet

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FOX 42: Omaha News, Sports and Weather; kptm.com

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.