Minority, female trucking organizations promoting driving careers

The commercial trucking industry is a great industry for drivers of any background, age or gender. In fact, many minorities and women are finding that commercial trucking offers a better chance for advancement, job stability and greater pay than many other professions or industries.

The National Association for Minority Truckers recently announced that it will spend the next year – which it is calling The Year of the Trucker – holding rallies and convoys in various cities and regions to draw attention to the value commercial trucking adds to America’s economy.

In a release, the National Association for Minority Truckers said the “campaign is an effort to bring national awareness to the importance of Americas’ trucking community and the role they play in the lives of all Americans. Many of Americas truck drivers often feel as they’re profession is overlooked and not appreciated by their fellow citizens.”

The NAMT will also hold its third annual convention and trucking expo in October in Memphis and will feature educational seminars, guest speakers and a trucker forum.

The Women in Trucking association is also looking to increase the number of women who enter the commercial trucking profession. Last year over 200 female professional truck drivers were honored at a “Salute to the Women Behind the Wheel” ceremony that was held in Kentucky and brought attention to some of the best women truck drivers in the nation. Rochelle Bartholomew, CEO of Cal-Ark Trucking, was also announced as the first recipient of the “Influential Woman of the Year” award.

In a statement announcing plans for the 2012, Women in Trucking Association president Ellen Voie said the new year would bring with it new opportunities to highlight the growing role women play in the commercial trucking industry.

“The coming year will bring lots of new opportunities to create positive change for the trucking industry,” Voie said in a press release. “We are truly excited about the challenges we have addressed in the past year and are looking forward to a better environment for everyone in the trucking industry as we move into the new year.”

Sometimes the corporate world or other industries can become difficult place for minorities and women to work. Despite laws that aim to prevent employment discrimination, an unfortunate reality in our nation is that many minorities and female workers suffer from lower pay and fewer opportunities to advance. But the commercial trucking industry is often considered to be one of the fairest places to work, where minority and women driver have a better chance for advancement and are given a chance to show their skills and talents.

Trucking is a job for anyone interested in good pay and a stable future. If that is you then you might want to consider completing the CDL training program at West Michigan CDL.

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