Hinds CC, KLLM Transport Services Receive New Grant

– Associated Press – Saturday, April 4, 2015

RAYMOND, Miss. (AP) – Hinds Community College and trucking company KLLM Transport Services in Richland are partnering on a project to recruit and train female truck drivers.

A $220,000 grant is being provided by the Foundation for the Mid-South to extend a current truck driving partnership between Hinds and KLLM.

Officials say in a news release that the funds can be used for tuition, outreach and training support. Its purpose is to increase access to middle-skill jobs for 300 people over the next two years, particularly among traditionally underrepresented populations such as women.

Since fall 2012 when the partnership was launched, 324 students have graduated and entered employment. Students in the program receive a scholarship covering tuition and commit to working for KLLM for at least one year.

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