GPRC currently offers a similar program for about $8,500 to $10,000 per student, but with the Wheels to Workforce program this fee is waived. The school will cover all expenses related to the program except for living expenses. MacDonald is unsure if the federal government will fund the program again next year. The college claims there are a lot of vacancies in the trucking industry, citing 97 job postings on Indeed.com last week alone. “Knowing that there are higher unemployment rates in Canada right now, it was up to us as an institution, when we looked at the grant, and decide what the community needs. We spent a fair bit of time talking to the community and looking on job boards (for what positions employers were hiring for) that’s going to keep local people here in Grande Prairie. What we saw was a need for Class 1 drivers,” said MacDonald. The program begins Feb. 6 at the Grande Prairie campus. Anyone interested in applying to or getting more information about the program can contact GPRC Continuing Education at ce@gprc.ab.ca, by calling 780-539-2975, or by visiting the Continuing Education webpage.

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