Osseo high school students interested in trucking careers had the chance to learn and ask questions directly from trucking professionals on April 25th. BGS Shareholder and attorney Carole Clark Isakson, with the help of the Minnesota Trucking Association, put together the career information event with the Osseo High School Career Resource Center. Students interested in careers in transportation were invited to attend to learn about everything from truck driving to jobs as diesel mechanics, dispatchers, HR professionals, brokers and more. As an attorney with many trucking clients (and the granddaughter of a large trucking company owner) Carole understands the great opportunities available at trucking companies. Those opportunities require varying levels of education and training, and represent stable well-paying jobs. Carole is also a board member of the Minnesota Trucking Association Foundation.
Austin Blue, a company driver for Manning Transfer, Nick Jones, a diesel technician for Rihm Kenworth, and Anthony Book, the Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Long Haul Trucking served as the panel. They shared what a normal day is like for them, how they got started in their trucking careers, what training was needed, and what they see as the benefits of working in the trucking industry. Mr. Blue was able to provide great insight into starting as a driver of smaller trucks for the students that expressed concern over the average size of a semi truck. Using a large monitor, Mr. Jones shared his early “wrenching” experiences with demolition derby cars, and the interesting projects he has works on at Rihm. With his many years working in the offices of Long Haul, Mr. Book had valuable insight to share with students on trucking processes and where trucking differs from other industries. Megan Meier, Brand Marketing Specialist at Rihm Kenworth, added her insights on careers in trucking as well. Lori Coutts Fraase, an MTA Foundation staffer also attended and added her comments to the discussion.
The MTA Foundation hopes to duplicate this event at more high schools in the future and educate more students on the benefits of a career in the trucking industry.