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
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HEAVY METAL: Gary Pressley
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House Passes Competency Based Education Bill

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On July 23, 2014, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3136, the Advancing Competency-Based Education Demonstration Project Act of 2013, by a vote of 414-0. This legislation now heads to the Senate. This legislation directs the Secretary of Education to select up to 20 institutions of higher education (IHEs) to voluntary participate in Competency-Based Education Demonstration Programs ("Program") which offer competency-based education that does not meet current statutory and regulatory requirements that would otherwise prevent them from participating in federal student aid programs.

The bill defines "competency-based education" as an education process that is characterized by the direct assessment and measurement of student learning instead of, or in addition to, measuring students' credit or clock hours. To be eligible to participate in a Program, institutions must be eligible to participate in title IV programs or have been approved by the Secretary to offer programs that measure student learning through direct assessments rather than credit or clock hours. It also requires Program applicants to provide the Secretary with a description of the statutory and regulatory requirements they would like waived and the reasons for seeking each waiver.

House Education & Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline issued a statement on the bill's passage. Please click here to see his statement. For more information, please visit:

Trucking Expected to Benefit From New Job-Training Law

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By Daniel P. Bearth, Staff Writer @ Transport Topics

This story appears in the July 28 print edition of Transport Topics.

President Obama signed into law a measure that provides new funding for job training and encourages local and state agencies and schools to work with employers to train workers for jobs in transportation and logistics and other industries.

Trucking leaders offered praise for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which drew support from Democrats and Republicans in Congress.

“This law helps ensure workers can obtain training funds to enter in-demand professions like commercial truck driving,” said Don Lefeve, president of the Commercial Vehicle Training Association in Springfield, Virginia.

CVTA-member schools train about 50,000 students annually at 180 locations in 41 states. Many of the schools rely upon grants and loans to help students pay for training, which can cost several thousand dollars.

Robert McClanahan, executive director of the National Association of Publicly Funded Truck Driving Schools, said he expects the law to increase the number of individuals who enroll in training programs.

“We applaud the signing of this bill and expect increased funding for entry-level driver training,” said McClanahan, who also works as director of Central Tech, a driver training school in Sand Springs, Oklahoma.

Lefeve said that he also continues to lobby Congress to look into delays in scheduling skills tests to issue new commercial driver licenses. In some states, that delay is up to 45 days.

On July 8, a group of 22 House members asked the U.S. General Accountability Office to assess the cost of delays and to examine issues, such as the use of training schools to conduct testing.

Under the new job-training law, local and state workforce investment boards must develop plans to focus more training on skills needed by industries facing labor shortages.

“This is a new strategy that we think will lead directly to more middle-class jobs,” Vice President Joe Biden said at the bill-signing ceremony July 22 at the White House. “These actions are going to help promote partnerships between educational institutions and workforce institutions. They’re going to increase apprenticeships, which will allow folks to earn while they learn. And it will empower job seekers and employers with better data on what jobs are available and what skills are needed to fill those jobs.”

President Obama asked Biden in January to lead a comprehensive review of job-training programs and recommend changes.

“There was a clear consensus,” Biden said. “We must rethink how we train today’s workers so that our programs are job-driven, teaching real skills that employers need.”

Secretary of Labor Tom Perez said the department will award $2.4 billion in competitive grants to schools and employment agencies that develop “job-driven” industry partnerships over the next two years. In addition, $100 million will be available for grants to help workers participate in apprenticeships.

Some in trucking have suggested allowing individuals as young as 18 to work as truck drivers as part of a closely supervised apprenticeship.

One of the problems for training schools in the United States and Canada is that truck driving is not considered a high-skill position, which makes it more difficult to compete for job-training funds.

Canadian trucking industry officials have expressed concern over a proposal by federal employment minister Jason Kenney to scrap a program that allows employers to hire foreign workers to fill temporary jobs.

“Companies that utilize the program to fill truck driver vacancies will be impacted,” said David Bradley, president of the Canadian Trucking Alliance in Toronto. “It’s not an ideal program, nor is it a solution to the shortage of qualified truck drivers. But it’s all that is available to fill some seats on a temporary basis for those who choose to use it.”

Bradley said the industry does not expect government to solve the driver shortage.

“When it comes to issues of compensation, lifestyle and training, the responsibility rests with the industry,” he said.


Carriers Being Targeted by Fake Letters Wanting Banking Info, FMCSA Warns

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By James Jaillet @trucknews on July 24, 2014

 Click here to see a copy of the fraudulent letter. 

Carriers should be on the lookout for fraudulent letters appearing to be from "Equifax Credit Information Services - Government division," said the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration this week in letters issued to its field offices.

The letters will be dated July 11, 2014, and signed by Thad Brown, FMCSA says, and they seek to obtain banking information for the companies targeted.

It states that the "records show" the letter recipients are "registered as a prospective contractor for procurements issued by" the federal government, and that financial information is needed to proceed.  Anyone who receives the letter is encouraged by FMCSA to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., who are in the agency's investigative support unit.

James Jaillet is the News Editor for CCJ and Overdrive. Reach him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..