Roadway Express Inc. and Job Corps, a U.S. Department of Labor program, have partnered to develop an advanced tractor-trailer driver training program for Job Corps students. The first three graduates of the advanced tractor driving training program, Francis Baffour, Marcel Madina and Lamar Grubbs, received their certificates of graduation on February 22.

The graduates went through six months of rigorous training, including classroom and homework assignments; 100 hours of driving time; preparation for written CDL exams; and preparation for road maneuvering and driving skills testing.

"This is a great opportunity for Roadway to utilize its expertise in truck driver training and development to assist young adults who want to enter our industry," said Tom Lopienski, vp of human resources for Roadway. "We are committed to helping America's youth enjoy a good quality of life.”

Established by law as part of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, the Job Corps program is administered by the U.S. Department of Labors Employment and Training Administration. Job Corps is the nation's largest residential education and training program for economically disadvantaged youth, ages 16 to 24, providing educational, vocational and social skills.