Hawkinsville, GA, Sep 08, 2011 -- Dr. Ivan Allen, president of Middle Georgia Technical Institution Foundation, Inc., received a ceremonial big check for $99,999 from Donnie Thomas, acting state director of USDA Rural Development, to purchase a new semi-truck for the Commercial Truck Driving (CTD) program.
"Licensed truck drivers have remained in high demand, despite the economy," Thomas said. "Training drivers is a good investment. Students who graduate are placed in higher paying jobs almost immediately."
The American Trucking Association and the U.S. Department of Labor estimate that there will be 110,000 – 112,000 trucking jobs available over the next two years. The Middle Georgia Consortium projects a growth of 15.6 percent in truck transportation jobs in the school's service area.
"It is essential that students train on the kind of vehicles currently in use," Thomas said. "These vehicles are very expensive. But without them, students would not graduate prepared to go to work."
Many CTD students are recruited from the school's adult literacy and GED programs, as well as from the "Georgia Fatherhood" program, designed to nurture and support low-income fathers who may be struggling to pay child support. Many students are on a waiting list to begin training.
The Rural Business Enterprise Grant program funds projects that stimulate the economy and create or save jobs in rural areas. For more information on Rural Development programs, visit http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/ga.
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