Volvo Group Gift Enables Guilford Technical Community College to Address Truck Driver Shortage

A recent gift from Volvo Group North America to Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC) Foundation has enabled GTCC to purchase three heavy-duty trucks for a new truck driver training program. Upon completion of the program’s training requirements, students will earn a course certificate and a Class A Commercial Driver’s License, enabling them to operate tractor-trailers.

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A recent gift from Volvo Group North America to Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC) Foundation has enabled GTCC to purchase three heavy-duty trucks for a new truck driver training program. Pictured from left to right: GTCC President Dr. Randy Parker, past GTCC Board of Trustees Chair Susan Alt and TranSource Treasurer Jim Bland.

“We understand the challenges our customers face every day when it comes to finding and keeping heavy-duty truck drivers,” said Ken Culver, Volvo Group North America vice president, customer support. “The Volvo Group is proud to support GTCC and their efforts to address the shortage of truck drivers through this upcoming new program.”

The Volvo Group, GTCC and TranSource Truck & Trailer Center of Greensboro, North Carolina collaborated to identify and purchase trucks and two trailers for the driver training program: a Mack Pinnacle daycab model, a Volvo VNL 670 model and a Volvo VNL 780 model. TranSource will also provide maintenance support for the trucks.

“Heavy-duty trucks play a critical role in keeping our economy rolling, and we need well-trained, skilled men and women to operate them,” said Jim Bland, treasurer, TranSource. “TranSource is honored to have been involved in helping GTCC get the driver training program off the ground.”

The new truck driver training program will begin enrolling soon. Future graduates of the program will help meet the needs of growing logistics and trucking firms located along the Interstate 40 and Interstate 85 corridors in and around Guilford County, North Carolina.

“Having up-to-date equipment for our students to train on allows us to provide the necessary skills to succeed in today’s competitive work environment,” said Dr. Randy Parker, GTCC president. “We are grateful to the Volvo Group for their support, and we look forward to continuing our work together to develop the next generation of truck drivers.”

GTCC is the third largest institution in the North Carolina Community College System, serving nearly 35,000 students annually from five campuses and a Small Business Center.

The Volvo Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, buses, construction equipment and marine and industrial engines. The Group also provides complete solutions for financing and service. The Volvo Group, which employs nearly 100,000 people, has production facilities in 18 countries and sells its products in more than 190 markets. In 2018, the Volvo Group’s sales amounted to about $43 billion. The Volvo Group is a publicly-held company headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden. Volvo shares are listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. For more information, please visit www.volvogroup.com.

July 25, 2019

For more information, please contact:

John Mies     
Volvo Group North America      
john [dot] mies [at] volvo [dot] com
Phone: 336-543-9094   

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