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JCC and partners collaborate to help fill workforce need for truck drivers

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WATERTOWN — This fall, in collaboration with the North Country Workforce Development Institute and Lewis County, Jefferson Community College partnered with the National Tractor Trailer School to offer free hands-on training to prepare five students to take the nationally recognized commercial driver’s license Class A exam.

The three-part exam includes a knowledge test, endorsement knowledge test and a driving skills test. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for tractor-trailer truck drivers is expected to grow more than 6% through the year 2030 due to recovery from the COVID-19 recession and the elevated need for truck drivers as households and businesses increase their spending online.

“It is an honor for Jefferson to collaborate with Lewis County, NCWDI and NTTS to devise a solution that helps put people to work and simultaneously meets a gap in the workforce,” Dr. Megan A. Stadler, associate vice president of strategic initiatives at JCC, said in a statement. “The College is listening to employers and will continue to develop partnerships and programs to serve the north country.”

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Workforce ‘crisis’ hits programs for New York’s most vulnerable

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Advocates for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are increasingly concerned programs and agencies that provide services to the state’s most vulnerable population are facing a workforce crisis.

The New York Disabilities Advocates on Wednesday pointed to a survey of 100 service providers in New York finding a 93% drop in applications to fill positions that provide services and are considered the “backbone” of the system to care for people with disabilities.

The workforce shortage adds to uncertainty for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in New York, and 70% of the agencies surveyed found senior staff would often have to cover multiple shifts. The advocacy group pointed to the need for appropriate funding for provider agencies in order to offer competitive pay to entice more applicants.

The survey results come as the state seeks to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, and programs with state support during the crisis faced uncertainty over their budgeting.

“The I/DD community has known for a while now that we are in a crisis, and with this survey we want to highlight to everyone who’s not paying attention to how severe this situation truly is,” said Tom McAlvanah, the president of the New York Disability Advocates and executive director of the Interagency Council of Developmental Disabilities.

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