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Heartland partners with Sysco for CDL ‘Train to Hire’ program

February 11, 2019

A new partnership between Sysco Central Illinois, Heartland Community College, and the Logan County Economic Development Partnership [LCEDP] addresses one of our area’s most pressing workforce development issues:  the recruiting and training of CDL-certified truck drivers.   

Many companies today are facing challenges identifying and hiring qualified Class “A” truck drivers. At the same time, Heartland wants to expand its workforce development offerings in Logan County to assist more area businesses and to help students afford their training. With these needs in mind, the Logan County Economic Development Partnership joined with Sysco to facilitate the creation of a new CDL Train-to-Hire Program designed to prepare individuals for a job as a Sysco Class A delivery truck driver, following 16 weeks of training.

“Business and education partnerships are invaluable to our regional economy and citizens advancing their employment opportunities,” said Kelli Hill, Heartland Vice President of Continuing Education and Advancement. “Heartland Community College appreciates the role of the Logan County Economic Development Partnership in supporting this effort between the College and Sysco Central Illinois.”

In the program’s first phase, eligible participants engage in four weeks of training through Heartland’s CDL program, with classes meeting daily, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Participants then take the Illinois DMV Class “A” CDL permit exam. During this phase, participants will interview with Sysco Central Illinois for an available Class A delivery truck driver position.

With a CDL permit in hand, students advance to the program’s second phase, a 12-week apprenticeship at Sysco Central Illinois. Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship portion of the CDL Train-to-Hire Program, participants are eligible for a full-time Class A delivery truck driver position at Sysco Central Illinois.

“We have seen lives changed with the employment potential of students who graduate the Heartland Truck Driver Training program and we recognize Sysco has the need for drivers,” Hill said. “Not only does this partnership put students on a pathway for jobs that are open right now, but there is also financial assistance available for qualified participants looking to enter the program.”

The new CDL Train-to-Hire Program is scheduled to begin in April 2019.

Students interested in the Heartland CDL program can contact Laurie Mueller at 309-268-8179.

Written by: Steve Fast