FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Black River Falls, Wisconsin, September 30, 2015 - Millis Transfer Training Institute, as part of an initiative underway by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center), and in conjunction with the Veteran's Opportunity to Work to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 (The VOW Act), is being recognized as one of the bridge programs in the Veterans' Licensing and Certification Demonstration Project, a federal program designed to help veterans expedite licensing required for employment.
“It is a great honor to help veterans transition quickly from their work in the military to a successful career in the transportation industry,” Reid Ransom, Millis Transfer Director of HR & Recruitment, said.
States participating in the fast track program for licensing for military applicants include: Illinois, Iowa, Nevada, Minnesota, Virginia, and Wisconsin. As part of the initiative, each state has the option to select up to three high demand occupations with licensing and credentialing requirements that correspond with one of three preselected military occupational specialties:
Medic (Army 68W, Navy Hospital Corpsman, Air Force 4N0X1),
Police (Army 31B, Navy Master-At-Arms, Air Force 3P0X1, Marine Corps 5811), and
Truck Driver (Army 88M, Marine Corps 3531).
The interim report, detailing the outcomes of the initiative, consists of an introduction, design overview, implementation recommendations, general data and assessment as well as a cost study. The first four sections provide a comprehensive picture of demonstration activities and offer a common framework for sharing lessons learned with other states interested in replicating these strategies. A cost study is also included to show the savings to federal programs when a veteran completes an accelerated pathway towards licensing versus duplicate training under a full length pathway.
Chad Stallard, a driver for Millis Transfer, based out of North Carolina, was a police officer in the military and for the community where he lives, when he met someone who encouraged him to sign with Millis Transfer’s driver training school, Millis Training Institute (MTI).
“When I did my research on the company, I found their program was much better than any other training program for veterans,” he said. “Class size is small and that enables instructors to spend a lot of one-on-one time with students, more than a mega company would do.”
Stallard, who has been in the military for 23 years, is still serving. He has literally done it all. “I've worked for the United Nations. I've also worked as a Customs Border Agent,” he said. “Along with that, I have served in a number of different military branches that include the Navy, Navy Reserve, Army, Army Reserve, and National Guard.”
He continued, “Truck driving was something I always wanted to do. That was my reason for pursuing it. The experience so far has been good.”
A mixed martial arts fighter, Stallard says when he is not in the truck, he spends his time in the gym.
“I'm lucky I work for Millis Transfer. They are a great company and an excellent choice for military members looking to drive a truck,” he said.
Another military driver, Johnathan Williams, says choosing Millis Transfer was one of the best decisions he made. Williams is an Army veteran, who worked as a fueler in the Truck Driving Unit. “The military was a good place to start my career,” he said. “I think it is a great way to make money and it is one of those careers where you don't have someone standing over your shoulder all day. I really like that about this industry.”
Williams, who drives regional, speaks highly of the training process at MTI and isn't surprised the company is being recognized in the federal initiative to expedite licensing for truck drivers. “Millis Transfer taught me a lot and I didn't have to be there a year,” he said. “This is a company that will get you in a truck faster than anyone out there and you will know how to drive it when you transport your first load.”
“Everyone says they are the best company out there,” he said. “I hear good things about Millis all the time. I'm glad I work here.”
About the Veterans' Licensing and Certification Demonstration Project
Findings of the interim report on military licensing requirements have been submitted to the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration Office of Policy Development and Research and Veterans Employment Training Service. The NGA Center continues to carry out the Demonstration Project, which provides technical assistance, peer learning opportunities, and contacts with national experts. Through the help of this program, states develop and implement strategies to accelerate veterans licensing and certification, and the NGA Center documents and shares promising practices among those states on an ongoing basis. When completed, the NGA will provide a final report that includes a blueprint for other states.
About Millis Transfer
Mills Transfer, Getting It There Since 1936, has an impressive service record earning the company dozens of “Carrier of the Year” awards. Headquartered in Black River Falls, Wis., Millis Transfer is a Certified Top Pay Carrier with some of the best equipment on the road. Maintenance facilities and drop yards are strategically located throughout the company’s operating area. Its sister company, Millis Training Institute, offers five school locations that provide students with quality training in order to earn their CDL-A license.