The following is a message from Dr. Tom Stuckey, NSCC president.
It is with great pleasure that I announce a new partnership between Northwest State Community College and Keller Trucking to begin the fall semester of 2017. Together, we will be revitalizing the short-term certificate program for obtaining a Class A CDL. All students, 18 years of age and older, are eligible to enroll in the professional truck driver school. This program will prepare students to take the wheel and navigate their own path to success, through classroom and hands-on learning. Comprised of three courses (18 credit hours) taught by experienced instructors who have worked in the industry, graduates will obtain the knowledge and skills necessary to test for their CDL through the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
With over 850,000 “heavy and tractor-trailer” drivers in the United States (BLS, 2016), it remains clear that truck transportation is vital to the long-term success of our manufacturing partners in our six-county service area, and beyond. This news also confirms that good-paying logistics and trucking career opportunities are available right now all around northwest Ohio. The only obstacle is fulfilling the need for skilled and qualified professional drivers.
Keller Trucking, an affiliate of Keller Logistics Group and one of the largest and most-respected trucking companies in the region, is working closely with Northwest State in marketing and recruiting qualified students for the professional truck driver program. Keller Trucking is also providing resources to the program and incentives to students to help defer the cost of training. Northwest State offers high-quality education at a very affordable rate, and financial assistance options are available through the College.
Bryan Keller, CEO of Keller Logistics Group stated, “We are excited to work with NSCC on bringing more people into the profession of truck driving. NSCC and Keller share the same value of providing the best training, so students come to the job fully prepared to be a professional truck driver who operates the roads safely and respectfully for the motoring public. Our partnership will provide the students of the professional truck driver school not only a cost effective way to enter the profession, but will also provide them the best education locally. We’re putting an investment in the people that make up the communities in which Keller is headquartered and NSCC serves. We are committed to growth and anticipate hiring many of the graduates of this program.”
Keller Trucking is just one of many area businesses committed to working with Northwest State to educate and train students for great jobs in our area. If you are interested in a new and exciting career, or if the open road is simply calling your name, I encourage you to call 419.267.1249 or visit our website for more information.