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Long Beach City College Harbor Trucking

July 2, 2013 – Long Beach City College, in partnership with the Harbor Trucking Association (HTA), held a graduation ceremony on June 25 for the first cohort of students from the HTA Commercial Driver Training Program. The two-year program offers a certification program to address the shortage of licensed short-haul truck drivers in the area qualified to transport goods in and out of the local ports. The HTA Commercial Driver Training Program was funded by a $440,000 grant from the California Community College Chancellor’s Office and more than $450,000 in industry support. Of the nine graduates, two are now employed. “The Harbor Trucking Association is proud to partner with Long Beach Community College in this important endeavor. There has been a significant driver shortage in the trucking industry throughout the nation for several months and this program is targeted at giving those individuals interested in logistics and driving a path forward,” said Fred Johring, chairman of HTA. “We are proud to introduce the first class of new drivers to the drayage business, and look forward to partnering with them as they become the small businesses we rely on to haul freight.” For more information on HTA, visit http://harbortruckers.com. Pictured, from left, are: Veronica Rodriguez, workforce development program specialist, Long Beach City College; graduates Angelica Ito-Alvarez, Irene Guajaca and Todd Landacre; Mike Johnson, president of the HTA; Scott Jakovich, program manager for Advanced Transportation and Security; graduates Darryll Rea, Steven Goodwin and Eduardo Tapia-Flores; and Joe Hernandez, behind-the-wheel trainer at Professional Trucking. (Photograph by the Business Journal’s Thomas McConville)

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