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Truck driving school a major stop on the road to employment
Dave Riggins, owner of IITR Truck School
Dave Riggins, owner of IITR Truck School
Dave Riggins owns IITR Truck School.  He has been training truck drivers for over 20 years and currently has 5 operating campuses in Oregon.  Hundreds of trained Commercial Driver's License (CLD) - A and B drivers graduate from his schools and become employed by local and long-haul trucking companies. 
 

 
 Amanda Watson, Director of Admissions and Job Placement
Amanda Watson, Director of Admissions and Job Placement works at the Clackamas campus and plays a vital role at IITR, she interviews and screens prospective truck drivers wanting to attend classes.  Many times she makes contact with trucking companies, requesting pre-hire letters on behalf of students.  Some funding institutions require this before approving school tuition.  She is also responsible for setting up on-site recruitments while classes are in session.  Trucking companies love to send their hiring teams and company rigs to entice students ready to graduate, many times even supplying food!
 
 
Amanda interviewed Russell Woodcock and found that he met admissions and placement standards. 
 
 
“The main intent at IITR is to determine if they are employable,” she says.
 
Russell looked like a positive candidate for immediate placement after graduation.  She enrolled him into the program.  He became a full-time student and after four weeks of training, he graduated.  He took the state skills test which allowed him to obtain his CDL - A and look for work.
 
All IITR students are required to register in iMatchSkills, an award-winning online job matching tool provided as a service of WorkSource Oregon.  Recruiting employers are also required to list their openings in iMatchSkills.  It's a win-win for everyone involved and Dave and Amanda say they couldn't be happier.
 

 
 Truck Driver Russell Woodcock
Stephanie Hudson, a staffer at the WorkSource Center in Oregon City stayed in close contact with Russell and when he called to say he got his license, she searched iMatchSkills and gave him 3 referrals to local companies that were willing to hire recent graduates.  Soon he was hired on by Core-Mark International, one of those referrals, and was on the road!  He worked very hard to get his license and was now ready to show his new employer his skills. 
 
 
Amanda knows that Russell is an excellent fit for Core-Mark International.  In fact, she has invited him to bring a Core-Mark tractor trailer to the IITR Clackamas Campus and talk with the next graduating class.  He is a perfect spokesman to tell these students about his success and to promote employment at Core-Mark.   Actually, Amanda says, “It was Russell’s idea.”  Of course the added incentive of a $500 referral bonus (paid by Core-Mark) for each student Russell is able to sign on as a new employee is a great motivator.  Charlie Parcher, Core-Mark’s Transportation Manager will accompany Russell and will be able to answer students questions.   They are going to see how their first initial visit goes over and very possibly become a regular at these recruitment gatherings.
 
Dave and Amanda say Russell’s success is due to his strong work ethic and tenacity.  They are proud of him and look forward to his visit back to IITR.
 
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