The Road to Success: Partnership Meets Business Need for Truck Drivers and Paves the Way for Low-Income Mississippi Residents

Truck driving is a tough job. At the same time, it can lead to a career with family-sustaining wages. KLLM Transport Services, in partnership with Hinds Community College and the Foundation for the Mid South, has developed a driving academy and built a very robust pipeline of new drivers in Mississippi, many of them low-income residents of the rural Mississippi Delta, African Americans, and women. Hinds and KLLM prepared nearly 1,000 highly trained drivers in the past year and over 3,000 in the last several years. Of those, 71% are African Americans and 12% are women (twice the national average for truck drivers).