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For Immediate Release:  April 7, 2014
Contact:   Conor Smyth, 608-266-2991,

Motor carriers look to tech colleges for assistance

         PEWAUKEE – State and local leaders and private sector partners unveiled an accelerated training option Friday in response to a request from motor carriers. Waukesha County Technical College hosted the event at its Pewaukee truck driver training facility, one of four sites where the new option will be offered.

         Governor Scott Walker spoke at the event, joining leaders from the Department of Workforce Development, the Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, the Department of Military Affairs and the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) in discussing the program, which will deliver a Commercial Driver License (CDL) for prospective truck drivers.

         Waukesha County, Fox Valley, Chippewa Valley and Milwaukee Area Technical Colleges will continue to offer a well-established, 12-credit Technical Diploma program in truck driving. As a result of this initiative, each will now add a four-week accelerated training program that incorporates an additional eight weeks of on-the-job training. Fox Valley’s program has begun.

         The accelerated option is being applauded by industry partners as a strong tool to combat too few drivers to meet the sector’s needs. Sandy Schmit, education director for WTCS transportation, distribution and logistics programs, noted the potential for the collaborative structure to be replicated in other sectors.

         Leaders from prominent Wisconsin-based motor carriers Roehl Transport, WEL Companies and Schneider National attended the event, as did a representative of key Waukesha County Technical College partner, Kreilkamp Trucking. Kreilkamp has made significant equipment donations in support of the college’s truck driver training program.

         "Employer partnerships and this type of responsiveness set our colleges apart," said Morna Foy, WTCS President. "This integrated approach is also a testament to the energy and strong commitment of our state and local workforce and economic development partners."

         The Governor and Major General Donald P. Dunbar, Adjutant General of Wisconsin, specifically touted the program’s promise as an option for returning Wisconsin veterans.

The Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) offers more than 300 programs awarding two-year associate degrees, one- and two-year technical diplomas and short-term technical diplomas and certificates. In addition, the System is the major provider of customized business solutions and technical assistance to Wisconsin employers. More than 340,000 individuals access the technical colleges for education and training each year.

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