Women & People of Color w/a CDL Can Level Up w/Free Training

Women & People of Color w/a CDL Can Level Up w/Free Training

(MDTA, Dec. 26, 2020)

DETROIT, MI – Truck drivers who already have a commercial driver’s license (CDL) have an opportunity to level up to heavy construction truck drivers, and right now the training is free. Metro Detroit Trucking Association (MDTA) is offering no-cost training to those interested in driving heavy construction vehicles. Classes start January 4. Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

“Road, building and bridge projects are booming in Metro Detroit and qualified heavy truck drivers are in demand,” says Beverly Hannah, president of MDTA. “Our nonprofit seeks to expand this job market specifically to more black and brown people, and we have secured funding to offer training at no cost at this time.”

MDTA’s heavy construction trucking program, sponsored by Michigan Department of Transportation, offers on-site training in both classroom and truck yard settings. Students will attain proficiency in driving vehicles such as dump trucks, gravel trains, flatbeds and lowboys. Trucking laws and policies are covered as well. Enhanced safety precautions during COVID-19 are in place to keep students and teachers safe.

To qualify, current drivers must possess a CDL Class A license, a clean driving record and the ability to pass a drug test and background clearance. A T endorsement must be obtained prior to graduation. Spots are still available for classes beginning January 4.

Interested drivers, as well as companies in need of trained drivers ready to work or looking to have their own drivers trained, are encouraged to visit mdtruckingassoc.org or call 313-590-2123.

According to Hannah, “By building a diverse foundation of talent and increasing the number of women, minorities and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises in trucking, we can positively impact the local economy and trucking community for years to come.”

More info: mdtruckingassoc.org

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