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.”

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.”

Trucker Shortage Could Hit Your Wallet

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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.

Congressman John Kline Visits Heavy Metal Truck Training School

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

HEAVY METAL: Gary Pressley
phone: 651-459-6044; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.