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St. Louis Community College takes new route for trucking program

St. Louis Community College takes new route for trucking program
January 3, 2018 Evan Glantz

This story was originally published in the St. Louis Business Journal on January 3, 2018.

By Steph Kukuljan | St. Louis Business Journal

“St. Louis Community College saw enrollment in its nascent truck driving program fall 50 percent after federal funding to cover the $5,000 tuition dried up. But a new initiative tying together apprenticeships and area trucking firms aims to create a program immune from funding shortfalls while boosting STLCC’s admission numbers.

Hogan Transports Inc., Vega Transport and Schneider National Inc. are participating in the new U.S. Department of Labor-registered apprenticeship program led by the St. Louis Regional Freightway. The companies will hire individuals to go through the five-week accelerated program to earn their commercial driver license, or CDL. Once they earn their CDL, the trucking firms will send $200 per student per month, up to 18 months, to the Freightway, which will keep the money in an account to use for tuition of future apprentices. The initiative’s long-term goal is to draw students in with reduced or free tuition, creating a sustainable program not dependent on grants.”

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