The program isn't for novices. They have to come with some experience driving these kinds of vehicles, although they can get help becoming more familiar with a specific type of truck at the training.
A pilot session in Buckhannon was funded with a grant from the state Department of Education, but officials wanted a more stable funding stream, so they went directly to the industries that could benefit from the employees the program will put into the marketplace.
This time around, the project is getting funding from the West Virginia Oil and Gas Association, Builders Supply Association and Trucking Association.
Maj. Gen. James A. Hoyer, adjutant general for West Virginia, said that's a testament to their support of the employees that the program will produce.
"They all continued to tell us they had this tremendous need for folks who have a CDL license and can pass a drug test," he said. "And we've got the population of people."
These employers are also apt to be supportive of an employee's need to take off for stretches of time to fulfill a military obligation.
"I've been in the military for 32 years, and this is the prime example of what we at the state and military level ought to be doing," Hoyer said. "We're all engaging for the purpose of creating opportunities for Guardsmen, reservists and potential veterans who are going to return home from active duty."
Contact writer Shay Maunz at shay.ma...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4886.
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