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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The Mississippi Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense (DoD) office, has announced that KLLM Transport Services dispatch supervisors Oscar Pope, and Darryl Lucas were honored Sept. 26 with Patriot Awards in recognition of extraordinary support of KLLM employees serving in the Guard and Reserve. Click the link below to view the entire article.
KLLM Supervisors Honored by the Department of Defense – ESGR
JACKSON, Miss. – KLLM Transport Services has announced that it will be participating with the Mississippi Highway Patrol in an effort to stop drivers who operate their cars in an unsafe manner around 18-wheelers on Mississippi’s highways.
State troopers will be riding along with truck drivers in the cabs of some of KLLM’s trucks to observe the driving behaviors of vehicles they encounter. Erratic drivers who drive recklessly around the big rig will be ticketed by MHP officers in marked patrol cars who will be in radio contact with the troopers riding in trucks.
“Many of the 18-wheeler accidents you hear about on the news are actually caused by the wrongdoing of automobile drivers who have driven recklessly around the big rig,” said MHP Captain Scott Carnegie. “It takes 200 feet for one of these fully loaded trucks to stop, and we’re going to watch for–and catch–erratic or aggressive drivers who do things like suddenly pulling out in front of trucks or who drive too closely to trucks.”
This is the second year for this safety program, part of the “Motor Carrier Apprehension Program” which is funded by a federal grant from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. “We’re out here to make all drivers safer. Last year, crash rates went down dramatically in the areas we worked and we gave out over 2,000 tickets. We’re grateful to companies like KLLM, who are participating with us to help make the highways safer for everyone.”
KLLM, based in Jackson, MS, offers over-the-road, regional and dedicated temperature-controlled services throughout the United States and Mexico. KLLM has been transporting perishable commodities for satisfied customers throughout the country for 50 years.
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