offset the cost of training workers.
Watkins and Shepard will receive $315,000 to help pay for the training of 63 new drivers in Montana over the next year. Because of this WTG, the cost of four-week training at Watkins and Shepard's driving school has been reduced from $4,000 to $1,000. Drivers are only required to put $250 down, and the remaining $750 is spread out over a year with weekly payments of $15.
"The high cost of driver training keeps a lot people from pursuing driving as a career," said Ray Kuntz, Watkins and Shepard's CEO and current chairman of the American Trucking Association. "This grant helps us make driver training a realistic opportunity for everyone."
Montana's primary sector WTG program is a state-funded program targeted to businesses to help create jobs and boost the state's economy. Almost $4 million is available for the program annually. Watkins and Shepard has opportunities for student graduates and experienced drivers, with open positions for company drivers and owner-operators. Call 800-548-8895 or visit www.wksh.com.