VET’s (Veterans Entering Trucking) 2015 Class Graduates at JBLM

Vet Grads at JBML

LEFT TO RIGHT: Trustee Chair John Emrick (Teamsters Local 313), Director Tom Hamilton, Army SSgt. Leonard Fuuau, Trustee Val Holstrom (Teamsters Local 690), Army MSgt. Ray Cribbs, Trustee Tammy Vibbert (Lakeside Industries), Army Cpl. Ivan Robinson, former Marine SSgt. Tyler Moody, Instructor Ricardo Lopez, Air Force TSgt. Peter Olsufka, Trustee Lary Boyd (Teamsters Local 174), and Training Coordinator Tom George.

On July 17th, 2015, the WA/ID Teamsters/AGC Training Center completed the first VET’s Program at JBLM (Joint Base Lewis McChord) with the graduation of five new Construction Truck Driver Apprentices.

With the support and cooperation of Colonel H. Charles “Chuck” Hodges, Commander, JBLM and his staff, Amy Moorash, Chief, Advising Branch, David L. Stone Education Center, five active and/or recently separated servicemen have completed the first round of their training to become Teamster construction truck drivers in Washington State.

The program consists of six weeks of training, followed by 3,000 of on-the-job-training with local construction contractors. Two weeks of classroom instruction was held at Joint Base Lewis McChord with four weeks of in-truck training held nearby at the Cal-Portland Dupont gravel pit.

The WA/ID Teamsters/AGC Training Center is a Washington State certified apprenticeship program open to all interested candidates who wish to pursue a career as a construction truck driver.

“We only train enough apprentices to fill the job opportunities we’re sure we will have,” said Tom Hamilton, Director.  “The last thing we want is to train someone and then not be able to get them a job.”

The VET’s Program was designed to provide civilian employment opportunities and to take advantage of the wealth of talent that is and will be flowing off the base.  We are proud to provide this program.  It is truly a win-win deal for the military, the individual servicemen and women, the employers, and the state of Washington.

Special thanks goes out to Cal-Porland and to Lakeside Industries for their generous donations of facilities and equipment.