Program geared toward getting Arkansans back to work

LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT) - A new program to help Arkansans get back to work is hitting the road again.

The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services has announced a new program to train truck drivers. DWS has partnered with Arkansas State University Newport and the Arkansas Trucking Association to offer the truck driver training plot initiative.

The program was suspended in 2009 due to the recession and the economic downturn but is now up and running again.

All tuition and related training expenses are forgiven if the applicant completes a four-week training course at the Commercial Driver Training Institute at Arkansas State University - Newport and remains on the job for at least one year.

Four Arkansas companies, Maverick USA, Stallion Transportation Group, Tyson Foods and Willis Shaw Express, expect to hire up to 300 graduates at wages exceeding $35,000 the first year.

For more information on the is program you can visit                      or call 1-888-701-8981.

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