June 14, 2022, 11 a.m.
Bistro Verde, Workforce Careers Center
Members in Attendance
Steve Brenner and Kristy Johnson, Maschhoff Transport; Adam Pijanowski, McLeod Express; Doug Harry, Schneider; Lou Johnson, McLane; Sheila Moran, Dot Transportation; Doug Longstaff; Brent Popejoy, Tom Spears and Michele Layton, LLCC.
- Welcome and introductions
- Question and answer session
- Review ELDT rules
- Employer concerns
- Get involved
1. Welcome and introductions
- Everyone introduced themselves and stated where they were from.
2. Question and answer session
- Do your LLCC student hires have the necessary skills to benefit your business?
- Would like to see more technology taught. Wish students came in with better backing skills and knowing how to get in and out of tight places with a truck and trailer. LLCC students have better skills than students coming out of other schools.
- Are you satisfied overall with the LLCC program graduates?
- All agreed yes, they are satisfied, and most LLCC students are a lot more knowledgeable on topics.
- What knowledge or skill areas can be improved?
- Driving habits for fuel economy.
- Are there any other topics that should be included to meet the needs of your business or industry?
- Do more training and offer experience with technology in classroom such as electronic logs. Teach fuel efficiency techniques. Driver health and wellness issues, load securement.
- How do you see your needs changing in the next 5 years?
- Will still need safe drivers.
- What technology will impact your needs?
- Will need fuel help. Mechanics needed for updated equipment.
- Is LLCC helping to meet your student driver needs?
- How many drivers do you need right now? How many could you hire over the next months?
- Everyone needs drivers between 15 and 50.
- What ideas would help the college meet the workforce needs?
- Drivers, mechanics and forklift training.
- How can we better partner with you and the community to increase the number of people we can train?
- Going into the high schools to recruit. Discussed 18-20-year-old rule. Couple companies are using 18-20-year-olds, one hires 18-20-year-olds for warehouse, insurance company won’t allow hiring under 21.
3. Review ELDT rules
- Has anyone had any big impacts on the ELDT rules?
- Waiting for students to get tested after they get their hours in.
4. Employer concerns
- What are some highs and hurdles facing companies?
- Hurdles – equipment, parts and drivers. Out of route drivers, physical labor, aging driving force, limited space.
- Highs – No longer dispatch on Saturdays and Sundays.
5. Get involved
Continue recruiting so we can get students in your companies.