Yuma Truck Driving School Receives Praise for Helping Military Veterans Find Jobs

Apr. 19th, 2012
David Pittman

Yuma, Ariz. – While the unemployment rate for military veterans has dipped recently after months of riding significantly higher than the national average, analysts caution it’s too early to tell if there is real progress in the hiring of veterans or it is just a temporary blip. However, the Yuma Truck Driving School is receiving high praise from local economic development specialists for not only providing training to active-duty military and military veterans seeking to transition to civilian jobs, but also placing them in those jobs in impressive numbers. “Yuma Truck Driving School is a prominent leader in our community in placing military personnel in good-paying jobs,” said Greg Lavann, senior project manager for the Greater Yuma Economic Development Corp. Lavann said the work being done by Yuma Truck Driving School is “an enormous benefit” to both veterans of the U.S. armed forces and the Yuma-area economy. “Being able to assimilate military personnel, with their special skill sets, into our local economic base not only provides needed stimulus to our business community, but also benefits local governments through sales tax and property tax collections,” he said. Since June 2010, when Yuma Truck Driving School began operations, about 200 of 210 students attending the school have successfully completed their training and been placed in civilian jobs – a success rate of 95 percent. About 80 percent of the students who have attended Yuma Truck Driving School, located at 4115 E. 32nd Street, are active-duty Marines from the Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, members of the National Guard or military veterans. Joseph Ziemer, regional director of admissions at Yuma Truck Driving School, said most active-duty soldiers and military vets qualify to attend the school at no out-of-pocket expense through military tuition assistance or the GI Bill. Assistance with tuition is also available to many students with no military background, he said. Ziemer said starting jobs in the trucking industry typically pay anywhere from $38,000 to $45,000. He said one of every 19 people in the U.S. works in the transportation and logistics industry and 80 percent of U.S. communities depend solely on trucking for delivery of goods. # # #

David   Pittman
Bolchalk Frey Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations
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Apr. 19th, 2012