Grant to help train Arkansas truckers

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Arkansas has been granted more than $1.3 million to help Delta residents get training for transportation jobs, including truck driving and diesel mechanics. The U.S. Department of Labor will provide the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services $1,350,655 to assist residents of Crittenden, Cross, Lee, Phillips and St. Francis counties.

The grant will allow participants to obtain specific certifications, such as heavy truck diesel maintenance or an associate’s degree in applied science and general technology. The training will be offered in the new Workforce Technology Center at Mid-South Community College in West Memphis.

Training partners include the state Workforce Investment Board, Roadmaster Drivers School and the Teamsters union. Participating employers include ABF Freight System, Covenant Transport, P.A.M. Transport, Schneider National, TransAm Trucking, USA Truck, Werner Enterprises and Yellow Roadway.