Congressman John Kline Sees Impact of Workforce Training Initiatives with Visit to Minnesota’s Heavy Metal Truck Training School
Inver Grove Heights, MN (Aug. 13, 2014) - Today, Minnesota Congressman John Kline (R-D2) visited Heavy Metal Truck Training, a professional truck driving school focusing in commercial driver training Inver Grove Heights, MN, and met with school leaders, students and representatives from the Commercial Vehicle Training Association (CVTA). The Congressman and members of his staff were able to see firsthand the important role truck driving schools play in training the next generation of truck drivers and how critical legislation like the recently signed Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is in helping meet the growing needs of in-demand industries like commercial truck driving.
Congressman Kline, who is Chairman of the House Education and Workforce Committee and a key author of WIOA law, was welcomed by Gary Pressley, President of Heavy Metal Truck Training leadership, Don Lefeve, President of CVTA, and CVTA’s Chairman John Diab. The Congressman was given a campus tour, had the opportunity to engage with students and instructors, observe driver trainees in action, and learned more about how critical WIOA is to helping unemployed and underemployed Minnesotans receive the assistance needed to enter quality truck driving institutions.
“It was an honor to welcome Congressman John Kline to our campus and talk about the workforce issues facing our industry,” said Gary Pressley, CEO and Admissions Director, Heavy Metal Truck Training. “We enjoyed giving him a campus tour, allowing him to see what our instructors do every day, and discussing the range of employment opportunities open to our students and our indispensable relationships with the local WIA offices. It is our goal to help our students succeed and we are thrilled to help put Minnesotans to work in an industry that is facing a shortage of qualified drivers.”
The United States is currently facing a driver shortage that is estimated to grow to over 230,000 by 2022. WIOA is designed to recognize in-demand professions, like truck driving, and ensure they are able to receive and appropriately leverage more workforce funding. If successful, it will help stem the driver shortage and meet the growing needs of carriers across the country.
“CVTA is pleased that Chairman Kline chose to visit Heavy Metal Truck Training to see firsthand the key role CVTA schools play in training and placing students in high quality truck driving jobs,” said Don Lefeve, President and CEO, CVTA. “We believe trucking will continue to be an in-demand industry, as our current members are seeing increased interest from carriers for drivers. Trucking is a solid career that cannot be outsourced, and we look forward to continuing to work with the Chairman to ensure we are doing everything we can to support new generations of truck drivers.”
Congressman Kline spent received instruction for pre-trip inspections, proper entry and exit of a truck, and shifting patterns. He also had the chance to talk with school officials and industry leaders about the legislative challenges and roadblocks facing schools trying to train and place drivers in highly need truck driving jobs.
“Commercial truck driving is one of so many industries that need a more efficient, effective, and accountable workforce development system and I was pleased to help champion bipartisan legislation that empowers state and local job training leaders to tailor services to their region’s employment and workforce needs,” said Kline. “The job training reform recently signed into law will help Minnesotans find good-paying jobs by improving existing federal workforce development programs and fostering the modern workforce businesses in this state and across the country rely on to compete.”
About Heavy Metal Truck Training: Heavy Metal Truck Driver Training is the Upper Midwest’s fastest growing, most affordable truck driving school. They are a Minnesota state-licensed truck driving school and an approved and certified training provider for WIA Programs, The Dislocated Workers Program, TAA (Trade Adjustment Act) Programs, and other federal and state programs through the states of Minnesota and Wisconsin.
About CVTA: The Commercial Vehicle Training Association is the largest trade association representing the interest 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
HEAVY METAL: Gary Pressley