Employers, Students, and Drivers Connect at the March 16, 2016 Professional Truck Driver Expo and Job Fair

By on April 7, 2016
March 16, 2016 Professional Truck Driver Expo and Job Fair

The Professional Truck Driver Driver Expo helped connect the dots for those curious about a career as a professional driver. Nearly one hundred people attended. Managers from 19 transportation companies were on hand to answer questions relating to the great pay and benefits their respective companies offer, as well as what life is like on the road. Three information sessions during the event provided details to participants about the St. Louis Community College (STLCC) Truck Driving program. Those information sessions were followed by tours of the driving range which provided an opportunity to examine and climb up into the trucks used for training. Instructors answered questions about the 5-week training program and the variety of available transportation careers. Participants were excited about the opportunities available through the Expo.

The Expo also helped shed some light on the critical truck driver shortage in our area and across the nation. “Truck Drivers are essential to our nation’s economy, as nearly everything you own, whether it’s clothes, a car or groceries, spends part of its journey on a truck” said Rene Dulle, Project Manager for Transportation and Logistics Programs at STLCC. “We are starting to see regular pay increases due to the high demand for truck drivers who are reliable, efficient drivers, and stay with one company.”

STLCC works closely with reputable companies to provide quality entry-level driver training and connect students with employers, including events like the Driver Expo. Doug Harry of Schneider has partnered with STLCC since before the start of the truck driving program in 2015 and has since hired several graduates. Doug was happy to participate in the Driver Expo stating “STLCC provides excellent training and support to those entering the transportation industry as CDL drivers. Their program is impressive and their commitment to quality shows. Keep up the great work!”

Many of the companies involved in the Driver Expo thanked STLCC for putting on an event specifically for truck driving. They also expressed interest in hiring program graduates. During the event Tami Hilton of St. Louis Composting met recent graduate, Keon Guyton. Tami was so impressed with Keon, she scheduled an interview and offered him a job soon thereafter. Usually, St. Louis Composting doesn’t hire inexperienced drivers, but the fact that Keon is a graduate of the STLCC program and now a Class A CDL holder, caused St. Louis Composting to give him a chance. Tami stated, “Keon’s positive attitude really won us over!”

Companies participating at the Expo included Artur Express, Averitt Express, CPC Logistics, Dart Transit, Dino’s Logistics, Helget Gas, Hogan Transports, Inc., Midwest Systems, Missouri Department of Transportation, RBX Inc., Schneider, Sharkey Transportation, SibEx Logistics, St. Louis Composting, Inc., UPS, Vega Transport, Werner, Witte Brothers Exchange, Inc., and Tri-National, Inc.

For a limited time, STLCC is able to offer high value CDL-A driver training at no cost to eligible participants through funding provided by a Department of Labor TAACCCT grant.

For Individuals: Interested in learning more about this training opportunity? Attend an information session on Wednesdays or Thursdays at the Forest Park campus to learn how to get started. Simply complete an online application at www.stlcc.edu/truckdriving then call 314-984-7777 to schedule an information session. For more information, call the Truck Driving Program Hotline at 314-539-5775.

For Companies: We can assist you with your driver and training needs. Contact Rene Dulle at 314-539-5296 or rdulle4@stlcc.edu if you are interested in:

  • Getting involved with the STLCC Truck Driving Program
  • Customized training for your staff
  • Developing a Department of Labor approved Apprenticeship program

About Rene Dulle

Rene Dulle is a Senior Program Manager for St. Louis Community College - Workforce Solutions Group. Her expertise includes collaborating with community partners and leveraging grant opportunities to develop workforce training programs leading to careers with livable wages. She has managed a variety of educational programs with a focus on the transportation industry, renewable energy, and environmental sustainability. Rene holds a B.S. in Environmental Science, specializing in Environmental Conservation and Sustainability, from Oregon State University, and a MBA from Saint Louis University. She currently serves on the OneSTL regional initiative to reduce energy and emissions.

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