In Brief: College CDL Program Receives A Boost From A Heavy Metal Band

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Kentucky’s community college CDL program was boosted by one of the best-selling heavy metal bands.

Elizabethtown Community and Technical College recently hosted an event to showcase their driver training program and announced the next phase of a scholarship program backed by Metallica, the popular 30-year-old metal band.

According to a college statement, the Wherever I May Roam Truck Driving Academy, named after a song by Metallica, is part of the ECTC’s collaboration with the Metallica Scholars Initiative. The event featured the unveiling of a new truck wrap. The scholarship program is supported by the foundation created by the group.

“The Metallica Scholars Initiative has proven time and time again to be fully committed to promoting and supporting technical education and training,” said Mike Hazzard, Dean of Workforce Solutions and Technical Programs. “This year the program has grown to offer scholarships to CDL students, and Metallica has lent its name to help us raise awareness of this lucrative and in-demand career field. “

The Metallica Scholars Initiative, funded by Metallica’s All Within My Hands and led by the American Association of Community Colleges, has awarded more than 100 scholarships to CDL and ECTC’s advanced manufacturing students, the college said.

The college is located approximately 40 miles south of Louisville.

Two people convicted of hijacking a semi-trailer and kidnapping a driver

A federal jury last week convicted two New York City men of auto theft, armed robbery and possession of a firearm in connection with a violent crime.

According to the U.S. District Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, court records and evidence presented at trial show that on April 1 at 3:05 a.m., Stephen Pierre Paul, 30, Wayne Ricardo Taylor, 26, and co-conspirators joined forces arrived in a truck stop in Mount Jackson in a pickup truck with blacked out windows. Once at the truck stop, Pierre-Paul, Taylor and the co-conspirators hijacked an 18-wheel commercial semi-trailer with Alabama tags. The group abducted the driver from the truck at gunpoint and forced him into their van.

The two vehicles, the pickup truck and the hijacked commercial truck, were stopped at a roadblock on eastbound Interstate 66 at 5:15 a.m. in Fairfax County. The driver of the victim truck was rescued and the defendants were arrested.

Co-defendants Cornelius Crossman, 37, and Odane Butler, 27, both of Brooklyn, New York, will be sentenced for their roles in the plot this week and on January 21, 2022, respectively.

Pierre-Paul and Taylor each face a mandatory minimum sentence of seven years and a maximum sentence of life in prison when convicted on March 11, 2022. Actual sentences for federal crimes are generally less than maximum sentences. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account US sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors.

Employment in transport increased in November

The Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics’ monthly employment report for November showed that around 50,000 salaried jobs were added during the month in its transportation and warehousing category, which includes truck transportation. Employment levels in this sector are about 210,000 higher than before the pandemic of February 2020.

In November, the most notable subcategories showing growth were couriers and couriers (+27,000) engaged in more local delivery, and warehousing and warehousing (+9,000).

Overall, total non-farm payroll employment increased by 210,000 in November, the BLS said, and the unemployment rate fell 0.4% to 4.2%. In addition to transportation and warehousing, notable employment gains were recorded in professional and business services, construction and manufacturing. Retail trade employment declined over the month.

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