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Jet Express Donates Tractor to Commercial Transportation Training Center of Clark State Community College
6/17/2009

Springfield, Ohio:

This morning, Clark State Community College received a welcome surprise. Kevin W. Burch, president of Jet Express, Inc., of Dayton, Ohio, and chairman of the Truckload Carriers Association, personally drove a used tractor to the school’s “practice course” and turned over the title and keys to the school for use as part of its Commercial Transportation Training Center (CTTC).

“2009 has been a challenging time for all companies, industries and even for us ‘truckers’ this year,” said Burch, who obtained his Commercial Drivers License last summer after taking a five-week training course at Clark State. “This is just a small way of helping the college teach our future men and women to become professional truck drivers.”

Burch added that he hopes the publicity generated from the donation of the tractor will also help to heighten interest and awareness of the job opportunities available within the trucking industry, especially for potential drivers in the Ohio vicinity.

Thomas Hicswa, Jr., director of Clark State’s CTTC, said, “This donation will enhance the CTTC program and provide the opportunity for students to be trained on a smaller student-to-instructor ratio, which will allow for more behind-the-wheel time.”

Clark State Community College’s Commercial Transportation Training Center has been training entry-level drivers for class “A” and “B” Commercial Driver’s Licenses for the past 21 years. The CTTC currently trains between 150 and 200 students per year in a 184-hour program that covers safe driving practices, log books and hours of service, trip planning, and more. Visit the CTTC website at www.clarkstate.edu/truck_driving.php.


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