Showing 72,000 FFA Attendees The Highlights of a Job in Trucking
An industry-wide coalition participated in a highly successful workforce development initiative in Indianapolis. The National Tank Truck Carriers, in conjunction with the American Trucking Associations, Agricultural and Food Transporters Conference, and Indiana Motor Truck Association supported the National FFA Organization’s National Convention and Expo, where they positioned the trucking industry as a viable, professional, and beneficial option for 72,000 young FFA attendees to consider as they plan for life after high school.
The attendees had the opportunity to explore the inside of a state-of-the-art tractor, experience what it’s like to operate a big rig in a tractor trailer simulator (offered by NTTC associate member Marvin Johnson & Associates), and learn about careers in trucking from NTTC’s Professional Tank Truck Driver of the Year Barbara Herman and several captains of ATA’s America’s Road Team.
Charles “Shorty” Whittington of Grammer Industries, a prominent member of all three coalition partners, spearheaded this industry-wide effort to work with the FFA Organization to introduce young people to the trucking industry. These efforts have also earned the support of NTTC’s Workforce Development Committee.
"We're very proud to have the opportunity to support the work of our friends at the FFA," Whittington said. "Given the historic relevance of the farming community as a workforce platform for the trucking industry, the convention was the perfect venue to share the many benefits of a career in trucking to the FFA attendees.”