Governor Wolf Announces $200,000 Investment for Job Training with Manufacturers in Southwestern PA

Governor Tom Wolf announced $200,000 in funding for Catalyst Connection, through Pennsylvania’s Manufacturing Training-to-Career (MTTC) program, to develop the Essential Skills for Manufacturing (ESM) entry-level training program supporting the expansion and hiring needs of small- and medium-sized manufacturers in southwestern Pennsylvania.

“My administration is focused on eliminating barriers to good-paying jobs and creating pathways to connect job seekers with permanent employment,” said Gov. Wolf. “The new funding announced today will help entry-level workers gain the critical skills they need, allow them to engage directly with employers, and help them grow into their future careers.”

MTTC helps bring awareness to careers and opportunities within the state’s manufacturing industry and supports companies in identifying and training a skilled workforce through targeted programs and service.

Through the “Making Your Future Skills Essential” ESM program, 10 employers will engage with 20 trainees to provide career awareness and pre-employment training for job seekers in communities near the partner employers. Program content will be based on real-time feedback from employers regarding their requirements for entry-level skills, with no prior work experience. The curriculum will be compiled from existing training modules, with additional new content developed based on employer needs, and will be delivered via an existing Learning Management System (LMS). Internships will be offered to the job seekers that demonstrate the motivation and desire to gain the basic skills required as well as the on-the-job training that will ultimately prepare them for permanent, family-sustaining jobs in advanced manufacturing. The program will ultimately place 20 interns and create 40 jobs.

“The ESM training program addresses a critical need of employers for workers that have the desire to expand their basic employability and mechanical aptitude skills,” said Petra Mitchell, President and CEO of Catalyst Connection. “We are grateful to the MTTC program for enabling Catalyst Connection to augment our portfolio of workforce development programs to include this new training and enhance our support for manufacturing in our community.”

Governor Wolf’s Manufacturing PA initiative was launched in October 2017, and since then has funded 54 projects and invested more than $11.7 million through the Training-to-Career program. Training-to-Career grants support projects that result in short-term work-readiness, job placement, or the advancement of manufacturing. The Manufacturing PA Training-to-Career program works collaboratively with local manufacturers to identify and teach missing essential skills for entry level applicants seeking manufacturing employment, engage youth or those with barriers to career opportunities in manufacturing, and or advance capacity for local or regional manufacturers.

Catalyst Connection is a private not-for-profit organization headquartered in Pittsburgh that provides consulting and training services to small manufacturers in southwestern Pennsylvania, accelerating revenue growth and improving productivity. Through active collaboration with clients and the manufacturing community, they contribute to the growth, vibrancy, and ongoing robustness of manufacturing in the region.

Catalyst Connection is supported in part by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership.

For more information about the Wolf Administration’s commitment to manufacturing, visit the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) website or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube.

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Tempesta Media Launches Simple Social Share™

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This breakthrough solution is the easiest and most intuitive to use for B2B businesses.

MICHIGAN CITY, IN, UNITED STATES, May 18, 2021 / — Tempesta Media has officially released Simple Social Share. It is designed to help businesses easily and seamlessly integrate their content and social media marketing programs together. Doing so provides improved return on investment (ROI) and return on time (ROT).

Beyond tight integration, Simple Social Share helps B2B businesses improve the performance of their social media programs through:

● Connectivity – Work with major social media platforms for business.
● Dynamic triggers – Conditionally publish social content immediately after your blog post is published on your website.
● Content integration – Selectively add social posts to blogs and other content.
● Auto embed – Automatically embed hashtags and images within each post.
● Curated social posts – Add third-party posts based on the latest industry events or research.
● Engagement optimization – Create social media posts that provide maximum visibility and have high viral potential.
Social media management services – Have your social media program managed for you.

A social media platform that saves businesses time and money

As a part of Tempesta Media’s comprehensive content marketing platform, customers can now create, schedule, publish, and optimize social, blog, and other content together. Regardless of the type, all content can be managed directly from a single editorial calendar.

“The addition of Simple Social Share is a game-changer for us,” commented Jack Chemtob, founder and CEO of

A social media service that improves marketing program visibility and ROI

Whether a company uses internal staff, freelance writers, or Tempesta Media’s vetted industry expert community to create social media and other content, businesses can now efficiently manage the entire production and publication process within Tempesta Media’s platform. This eliminates the need for customers to maintain up to three different marketing systems, saving valuable time that could be spent on other marketing tasks.

“We no longer need to have two systems,” commented Brett Knox, CEO of Raiven. “As an executive, being able to quickly see everything we are doing from one screen saves us time and helps us better coordinate our content marketing and social media programs.”

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Why Biden hasn’t thrown himself publicly right into a mediation effort within the Center East

The new White House is training relentless attention on issues that Biden believes got him elected. But it also appears wary of spilling political capital in other crises that could deflect attention from his main ambitions or where deeper involvement may not deliver a decisive payoff.

The trend is playing out in the conflagration between Israel and the Palestinians, where Biden has not thrown himself publicly into the kind of ceasefire or mediation effort that many previous Presidents might have attempted. It also helps explain why Biden was front and center in battling the pandemic, but was less visible in dealing with the surge of child migrants on America’s southern border. In the same way, he chose to prioritize infrastructure reform rather than start his presidency in a bruising fight over voting rights with the GOP and moderate Democrats in Congress. And he’s seeking to strengthen the social safety to benefit working class voters, but has waved off the liberal dream of…

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Hundreds of migrants swim from Morocco to Spanish enclave of Ceuta

The migrants swam from two locations, with some entering southern Ceuta at Tarajal beach, and a larger group entering the north of the city at Benzu beach, a spokesman for the Spanish government in Ceuta told CNN.

One man drowned in the process, the spokesman added.

At both locations, migrants swam around rocky breakwaters jutting out into the Mediterranean that mark the border between the countries. The spokesman said it was a short distance in each case.

Ceuta is an enclave of some 84,000 Spaniards on Morocco’s north coast and, crucially for migrants attempting to enter, it is on European Union soil.

“I have never seen a situation like this one, it is unprecedented, I have never felt so frustrated and sad,” Ceuta President Juan Jesus Vivas, told Spanish broadcaster TVE on Tuesday.

“This is a chaotic situation, so chaotic that we can’t tell the exact number of migrants at the moment,” he added. “We need to gather all the ones who have arrived and allocate them in a specific location,…

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May 18, 2021 – Herring Secures More Than $13,000 from Travel Company Over COVID-Related Vacation Package Cancellations

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~ Key Tours International Inc. has agreed to pay restitution after failing to issue refunds for cancelled vacation packages due to COVID-19 ~

RICHMOND (May 18, 2021) – Attorney General Mark R. Herring has secured a settlement with Key Tours International Inc. to resolve claims that it failed to honor the terms of its refunds in contracts with consumers who purchased vacation packages from the company ultimately cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The settlement includes $12,838.15 in restitution, a claims process for certain consumers who file complaints within 180 days of court approval of the settlement, and civil penalties and attorneys’ fees.


“So many Virginians have had to cancel trips and postpone plans because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and they should not be financially penalized because of circumstances out of their control,” said Attorney General Herring. “Companies must honor any refund policies in their contracts and my Consumer Protection Section and I will hold any companies who do not do so accountable. This agreement will make sure that any Virginians who had trips canceled through Key Tours International because of COVID get the refunds that they deserve.”


Attorney General Herring’s Complaint alleges the Office received a number of complaints from Key Tours consumers that the company was not honoring the terms of its refunds in contracts with those consumers, and in at least one case made an offer in writing for full refunds less cancellation fees, and subsequently rescinded that offer. The Complaint further alleges by not adhering to the refund policy it had in place at the time when consumers made their purchases, and retracting its initial offer of refunds sent to consumers or their agent in at least one instance, the company violated the Virginia Consumer Protection Act.


To resolve Virginia’s allegations, Key Tours International Inc. has agreed to a prohibition against future unlawful conduct including failing to honor promised vouchers and credits to consumers or other written offers made to resolve disputes relating to cancelled trips, and has agreed to restitution, attorneys’ fees and civil penalties. The settlement specifically requires Key Tours to:

  • Pay $12,838.15 for restitution to consumers identified in the settlement;
  • Provide additional refunds through a claims process to any consumer who files a complaint with the Attorney General within 180 days of court approval of the settlement regarding a trip cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19 not refunded in accordance with the consumer’s contract; and
  • Pay $1,000 for civil penalties and the Commonwealth’s attorneys’ fees and be subject to a judgment of $22,500 for civil penalties and attorneys’ fees with all but $1,000 suspended so long as it complies with the terms of the settlement.


The settlement, in the form of an Assurance of Voluntary Compliance, has been filed for approval with the Circuit Court for the City of Fairfax.


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Watch: Gov. Cox discusses economic opportunity, COVID-19 response in Utah

May 18, 2021

CEDAR CITY (May 17, 2021) — Gov. Spencer Cox joined FOX Business anchor Maria Bartiromo to discuss Utah’s ranking as the state with best economic outlook for the 14th year in a row, its COVID-19 response and more.

“We lead the nation in upward mobility,” Gov. Cox said. “That means that if you’re born in poverty, it doesn’t mean you have to stay in poverty. We have this culture of lifting people and helping them achieve the American Dream. That’s what we need more of in this country.”

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The Success of JointStem Phase 3 Clinical Trial, World's First Stem Cell Treatment for Osteoarthritis of the Knee

The successful outcome of stem cell research and development for reduction of pain and improvement of knee cartilage function in patients with severe OA

SEOUL , SOUTH KOREA , May 18, 2021 / —
-Successful data for the reduction of pain and the improvement of knee cartilage function in severe osteoarthritis (OA) patients with Kellgren and Lawrence (K-L) grade 3
-The outcome of Korean stem cell research and development of 16 years and the results of hard work including tens of millions of dollars in investment
– A new era for a new therapy that does not require surgery- only one injection into the joint cavity to help cure osteoarthritis

Nature Cell announced on May 17, 2021 that the phase 3 clinical trial of JointStem, the world’s first stem cell treatment for severe knee osteoarthritis using autologous adipose tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells (AdMSC), has been successful in Korea. JointStem is developed by RBio, an affiliate of Nature Cell.

Nature Cell received the clinical study report (CSR) on May 14, 2021 from LSK Global PS, the contract research organization (CRO), and the CSR confirmed that the efficacy and safety of JointStem for pain reduction and knee cartilage function improvement in patients with K-L grade 3 severe knee osteoarthritis was statistically significant.

JointStem has been developed from 2005 with original Korean bio technologies. Tens of millions of dollars have been invested for the development. We believe JointStem will open a new era for the treatment of arthritis just in one injection, which is different from other existing treatments requiring surgery.

According to the CSR, WOMAC (Osteoarthritis Index) and VAS (Pain Index), the primary evaluation variables of the clinical study improved from the baseline scores before the injection to higher scores after 24 weeks of the injection, in terms of the score changes larger than those of placebo injection, which is statistically significant; The study found statistically significant improvements in the two evaluation variables when the JointStem injection group was compared to the placebo injection group (p=0.0002 and p<0.0001 for each corresponding variable). Generally, it is considered successful in a statistical analysis if the p value is less than 0.05, however, it is considered as failed to achieve a statistical significance if the p value is over 0.05. Two evaluation variables scored significantly lower values than the standard value.

Other secondary evaluation variables are the WOMAC subgroup (pain, stiffness, and difficulty in performing daily life evaluations), KOOS evaluation (Knee Injury and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score) and SF-36 (Quality of life evaluation), X-rays, MRI, and the dosage and number of days of pain relief medicine usage were also evaluated. All the evaluation scores of WOMAC subgroup (pain, stiffness, and difficulty in performing daily life) decreased to the lower scores that were statistically significant. It was also assessed that the efficacy of the JointStem treatment showed statistically significant improvement in comparison with the placebo injection group (each p value = 0.0043, 0.0307, 0.0018). KOOS (Knee injury and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score) was evaluated by the subgroup items such as symptoms, pain, functions in daily living, sports and recreation, and scores increased in all the subgroup items in comparison with the placebo injection group. The efficacy of the JointStem treatment group showed statistically significant improvement in all the subgroup items (each p value = 0.0002, 0.0002, 0.0017, 0.0003, 0.0060).

For SF-36, which evaluates quality of life, both physical health score and mental health scores increased significantly in the JointStem injection group, and the efficacy of treatment also showed statistically significant improvements (each p value = 0.0084, 0.0038). IKDC score, which evaluates knee function and activity evaluation, also increased higher in the JointStem injection group, and the efficacy of treatment showed statistically significant improvement (p<0.0001).

From the X-ray evaluation, three patients in the JointStem injection group improved from K-L grade 3 to 2 (two patients) or from K-L grade 4 to 3 (one patient), and 104 patients remained the same grade as before the JointStem injection. However, no patient improved in the placebo injection group.

The MRI analysis showed that the number and ratio of subjects whose cartilage defect depth, cartilage defect surface size, bone marrow lesion size, and subchondral attrition and subchondral cyst size and cartilage cyst were improved or maintained in the Medial Tibia and Medial WB Femur, which are the major lesions of the knee joint, were higher in the JointStem injection group than in the placebo group.
It was confirmed that the number of days that the patients took the same pain relief medicine, and the total dosage of the medicine were less in the JointStem injection group than those in the placebo injection group. The comparison between the two groups showed statistically significant difference (each p value = 0.0338, 0.0008), so the study confirmed that JointStem injection reduced the number of days that the patients took pain relief medicine and the total dosage of the medicine.

For the safety analysis, there was no significant adverse event that was related to JointStem. In addition, no specific matters were found from the JointStem injection group in comparison with the placebo injection group. Since the JointStem clinical trial started from 2008, there has been no case of tumors related to the administration of JointStem.

In addition, the long-term tracking MRI analysis of the previous JointStem phase 2 clinical trial noted that cartilage defects reduced more after two or three years than after six months, and that the knee cartilage showed more improvement.

Chairman of Nature Cell and Lead Researcher of JointStem Development, Dr. Jeong-Chan Ra said, “Thank you to everyone who helped us on the success of JointStem phase 3 clinical trial. I believe this is the outcome from continuous faith and prayer. Do your best and pray for God’s answer.”
Dr. Ra also added, “We are now preparing for quality controls and GMP facilities, which are other requirements for a new drug approval. We will soon apply for the approval of JointStem as a new drug within the next few months.”


What is JointStem?
JointStem is the world’s first stem cell therapy for patients with severe osteoarthritis of the knee which uses autologous adipose tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells (AdMSC) that improves knee joint function and reduces pain. Furthermore, it regenerates and improves knee cartilage. Unlike other existing similar drugs for degenerative arthritis, JointStem does not require repetitive injections periodically, but requires only one injection of one dose. It is an innovative therapy without surgery. Osteoarthritis is an irreversible disease and cannot be cured naturally, so an artificial joint replacement is required eventually. But JointStem can delay the deterioration of osteoarthritis or prevent it, so it is expected that JointStem will be a new therapy with huge benefits at low risks.

Clinical Trial History
JointStem began its development from 2005, and the clinical trial phase 1, 2 (approved in 2008), phase 2b (approved in 2014) and phase 3 have been performed. Phase 3 of the study was approved in January 2019 after the review of Central Pharmacy Review Committee of Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety. All 13 hospitals including Kyung Hee University Hospital at Gangdong and a total of 252 patients participated in the phase 3 clinical trial. In the United States, JointStem phase 2 was approved by Food and Drug Administration and was performed successfully. Patients are now being recruited for the phase 2b/3a of the clinical trial.

JointStem phase 3 clinical trial was performed for severe patients with Kellgren-Lawrence (K-L) grade 3. The primary objective of the clinical trial was to confirm the safety and efficacy of JointStem injection for the pain reduction of osteoarthritis and the improvement of knee cartilage function, and, to prove the efficacy of JointStem, WOMAC (Osteoarthritis Index) and VAS (Pain Index) were used as the primary evaluation variables. The difficulty level of this clinical trial was very high requiring to obtain the statistical significance for both primary evaluation variables. The placebo drug was a mixture of a stabilizer autologous serum and a suspending normal saline from JointStem excluding the autologous adipose tissue derived mesenchymal stem cells.
The first patient was enrolled on June 13, 2019 and 334 patients were screened, and 261 patients were randomly assigned. JointStem or the placebo drug were injected into the 252 patients out of the 261 assigned, and the 252 patients were included in this clinical study report for statistical analysis.

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Dr. Sung Keun Kang, Vice President of Biostar Stem Cell Research Institute (02-6978-9601)/Jae Uk Shim, Vice President (02-6978-9268)

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We Create What We Behold Says Bruce de Torres in New Book

God School 911 and JFK Book Cover

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Bruce de Torres Author

We are eternal love and consciousness, creating all we behold.

WALTERVILLE, OR, USA, May 18, 2021 / — In "God, School, 9/11 and JFK," Bruce de Torres exposes the lies that are killing us (we are poor, miserable sinners who deserve God’s condemnation and school’s incarceration; salvation and careers depend on doing what we are told) and the truth that sets us free (we are eternal love and consciousness, creating all we behold).

“Bruce de Torres is a deep thinker and an excellent writer!” says Vince Palamara ("Honest Answers about the Murder of President John F. Kennedy") “Bruce’s take on a few cataclysmic events are truly mind-expanding, as is his take on God and Christianity. I am very impressed with the depth and breadth of the author’s thinking and knowledge on these topics. Bruce’s book is one that makes you stop—many times—and ponder what has been written and conveyed.”

Donald Jeffries ("Bullyocracy: How the Social Hierarchy Enables Bullies to Rule School, Work Places, and Society at Large") calls Bruce’s book “a compelling and probing work … as much a philosophical treatise as a recounting of history,” adding that Bruce “writes about the concept of God, and the failures of organized religion, with an ironically spiritual passion. His analysis of the school system is astute … [Bruce’s book] would be an important addition to every independent-minded person's library.”

"God, School, 9/11 and JFK" is pre-orderable at Amazon and and will be released May 21, 2021.

After getting a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in acting and directing, pursuing an acting career in New York (and points west), and performing lead roles in comedies, dramas, and musicals, Bruce de Torres decided to write a book about energy, consciousness, and the nature of reality. 9/11 happened along the way. After years of research, Bruce decided to incorporate it and similar things in "GOD, SCHOOL, 9/11 AND JFK: The Lies That Are Killing Us and The Truth That Sets Us Free" as problems solved by the truth of our nature and the truth of such events. Bruce also drummed in rock bands and hosted 1,000+ business networking meetings while developing his marketing, sales, and public speaking skills. He lives, once again, in New Jersey. He is available for interviews through contact shown below.

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Hot, Hardcore, and Hard-Hitting Hip Hop and New Age Voice: Rising Artist SAMBO Set to Soar



A multi-genre talent, SAMBO is making a name for himself in the riveting world of Hip Hop and New Age music, as he releases a string of moving and honest single

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA, UNITED STATES, May 18, 2021 / — Up-and-coming singer and songwriter SAMBO is a true sensation when it comes to Hardcore Hip Hop and New Age music. Stunning listeners with a unique vocal style and production, the artist is driven to send waves across the genres, capturing their spirit in his own inimitable ways.

With the release of his new single titled “Many Men”, the growing sensation showcases all the enriching and captivating tastes that he has to offer. Having released on May 9th, 2021, the single has been produced by up-and-coming New Orleans producer, OGMuchee. Infused with elements that are rooted in 50 Cent’s “Many Men” and inspired by the icon’s unique musical productions, SAMBO’s music is one to watch out for.

Dominated by a memorable and dynamic musical vibe, SAMBO’s singles range from Trap, Hardcore and other lyrical elements that set him apart from mainstream Hip-Hop artists. With each new single, the artist surprises, while continuing his musical journey. Rooted within a goal to stay consistent with his passion, he intends to break into the industry with the single “Many Men”.

With music acting as a gateway for him, SAMBO has continued to grow and evolve, forming a sound which is mainly hardcore and raw, immersed with lyricism that is painfully real and vivid. With his inimitable compositions, the talented artist succeeds in painting an image of what goes on in the city, motivated by diligent hard work.

Check out SAMBO’s new music and learn more about him on the links below and/or reach out via the contact information for interviews, collaborations, or promotional access.



Budding singer and songwriter SAMBO, also known as Chikki Kush, is an independent artist from New Orleans, Louisiana who hails from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Growing up and having a range of unique experiences in two major cities in Louisiana, SAMBO represents a mixture of different sounds and different cultures in his musical compositions. Throughout his life, the rising artist has been heavily influenced by a variety of Southern music icons such as The Hot Boys, Soulja Slim, Lil Boosie, UGK, and Three 6 Mafia, among others.

While growing up, SAMBO faced numerous life-altering experiences which encouraged him to use music as a channel of self-expression. Finding music as a way to voice out his inner thoughts and motives, SAMBO has continued to use it as a conduit for sharing things he found difficult to talk about with even his close friends. His future plans include staying independent, expanding his fan base and becoming an inspiration who paves the way for independent artists coming after him.



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State leaders urge drivers to plan ahead when it comes to fueling up as surge in road travel expected throughout the travel season

Smartphone apps can help drivers locate open gas stations as ongoing shortage of fuel truck drivers may cause lag in deliveries

Memorial Day is approaching, bringing with it the unofficial launch of the spring and summer travel season. While air travel is steadily increasing, a larger-than-average number of travelers are expected to travel by car due to the pandemic. State leaders are encouraging travelers to plan ahead as the increased demand comes at a time fuel stations nationwide are grappling with delays in fuel delivery caused by an ongoing shortage of truck drivers.

“People are eager to travel, and because of the pandemic we’re expecting to see a lot more folks making stops at gas stations. While fuel supplies are healthy, gas stations are sometimes seeing a delay in fuel deliveries so we want people to be prepared in case they have to make a few stops,” said Elizabeth King, State Energy Emergency Management Director at the state Department of Commerce.

King emphasizes the cybersecurity pipeline incident impacting fuel supplies in some states on the eastern side of the country is not impacting supplies in Washington state and is wholly separate from the delivery issue.

“Fuel supply is not an issue in our state. We’ve been experiencing delays in fuel deliveries for quite some time,” she said. “It’s the increased demand that is just now making the impact more visible to consumers.”

King says there are three things drivers can do to plan ahead:

  • Before heading out, add an app to your smartphone that helps you quickly and easily find nearby gas stations. This can be especially helpful when stopping through an unfamiliar town or city.
  • Don’t let your tank drop below a quarter tank. You may come across gas stations that are closed while they wait for their next fuel delivery, so be sure you don’t put yourself in a position where you can’t get yourself to another station for a refill.
  • Be courteous and don’t buy more than you need. Fuel supplies are healthy and deliveries are on the way so fill up your tank and then get back on the the road so the driver waiting behind you can do the same.

Sheri Call, executive vice president of the Washington Trucking Association, says the shortage of professional commercial truck drivers is due to drivers aging out and retiring in greater numbers than are coming into the industry.

“Beyond fuel deliveries, this is putting the continuity of the nation’s supply chain at risk,” Call said. “COVID-19 made the problem worse. The temporary closures of state motor vehicle offices and truck driver training schools decimated the already fragile pipeline of new drivers entering the workforce.”

Over 70 percent of the nation’s freight is carried by commercial truck. In Washington state, 80 percent of communities depend exclusively on trucks to move their goods.

Call says companies are responding by raising driver pay and improving benefit programs to attract and retain drivers. She says this is an exciting time for anyone interested in entering the field. The industry is transitioning into a high-tech future with heavy duty zero emission trucks soon to be available, and autonomous operations of commercial trucks that will likely need a new kind of operator behind the wheel. But drivers aren’t the only ones keeping goods moving on the road.

“The trucking industry has so many opportunities beyond professional driver,” said Call. ”The industry employs one in 20 Washingtonians in a myriad of roles including compliance experts, safety and risk management experts, fleet maintenance, dispatch, sales, administrative and support staff. These folks are all instrumental in ensuring the safe and efficient movement of goods. It’s a great time to join our ranks.”


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