In a collaborating partnership between Pima Community College (PCC) and Schneider National, SWTWC will help establish a career pathway into trucking for Pima CC students in the Commercial Drivers’ License (CDL) Program by providing graduates with career opportunities in Schneider National, a major provider of truckload, logistics, and intermodal services.
Anticipated Partnership Duration: 2015 – Center Lifetime
Timeline and Overview
In October 2015, SWTWC’s labor market analysis found that the Southwest had a critical need for truck drivers. To better address this gap in the workforce, SWTWC established an Action Subcommittee to spearhead SWTWC workforce development efforts for priority occupations related to trucking.
After the Career and Technical Education Action Subcommittee met in February 2016, SWTWC connected Grailing Jones Director for Schneider National’s Employment Network Development and PCC Chancellor Lee Lambert for PCC. SWTWC then facilitated meetings and agreements for a collaborating partnership between the two to develop a cohesive career pathway where graduates from PCC’s CDL program will have learned the knowledge and gained the skills necessary to fulfill the job requirements for trucking offered by Schneider National. Such workforce development efforts will graduates from the program will also serve to become reliable and skilled truckers for Schneider and the transportation industry.
- Facilitated a collaborating partnership between PCC and Schneider National
- Accessible career pipeline for PCC CDL Program students
- Reliable transportation workforce in trucking for Schneider National
- Template for similar partnerships between CDL programs and trucking companies
This partnership developed an accessible career pipeline to trucking for local students in Arizona. SWTWC will expand this partnership to include tribal communities in the area, and populations not typically associated with trucking; e.g. women, veterans, etc.
SWTWC anticipates that this will increase the transportation labor market pool for truck drivers which is one of the Southwest region’s priority occupation.
- SWTWC developed the Action Subcommittee which connected stakeholders invested in trucking.
- SWTWC connected Grailing Jones of Schneider National to Chancellor Lambert of PCC.
- SWTWC facilitated meetings and agreements through March and April 2015 to develop a career pipeline for trucking careers.
- SWTWC will expand this partnership to support underserved populations.
- SWTWC will use this partnership as a model for other similar partnerships.