Funders & Partners

Delivering the TDL Workforce

Increasing Access to Middle-Skill Jobs in Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics

Strengthening and expanding successful TDL training programs to align with employer needs and industry standards, sustain robust partnerships, and connect more women to the sector

Deborah Kobes
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Funders & Partners

Delivering the TDL Workforce is funded by a $3 million grant from the Walmart Foundation. The initiative offers training programs in 10 regions across the country:

Baltimore, MD

Cecil College, Maryland New Directions, and the Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative serve participants through two training programs that include entry-level bridge programming and certification for careers in TDL. Cecil College’s Commercial Driver Preparation leads to a Commercial Drivers License (CDL)—A and nine college credits towards a Commercial Transportation Certificate. The program includes truck driving simulation technology, over 200 hours of behind the wheel instruction including night driving and long haul driving, and opportunities for employers to observe training. The Maritime Transportation and Logistics Training Program held at Maryland New Directions covers a variety of warehouse and logistics skills such as freight forwarding and materials handling, and includes a module specific to the Port of Baltimore. Training leads towards the industry-recognized Global Logistics Associate certificate. Partners include EARN Maryland within the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation and a wide variety of employer partners including UPS, Herr’s Food Inc., Burris Logistics Inc., Ports America Chesapeake, and the Maryland Port Administration.

  • Cecil College
  • Maryland New Directions
  • Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative
  • EARN Maryland within the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation
  • UPS
  • Herr’s Food Inc
  • Performance Food Group
  • Burris Logistics Inc
  • Premium Logistics North America
  • C. Steinweg
  • Ruckert Terminals Corporation
  • Ports America Chesapeake
  • Maryland Port Administration

Central Pennsylvania

TDL represents over $10 billion in annual sales and over 1,600 employers in Central Pennsylvania. This partnership, led by Central PA Works, brings together workforce investment boards, one-stops, community colleges, employers, community-based organizations, and training providers across 13 counties to coordinate and scale up the existing TDL programs in the region. Participants can enroll in a variety of short-term training programs that are in-demand by retail distribution centers, transportation companies, third-party logistics firms, manufacturers and material handling businesses, and that are delivered by employer-approved providers. Training programs prepare participants for occupations including Forklift Operators, Certified Logistics Associate and Technicians, CDL Drivers, and Diesel Truck Technicians. Training is also available for incumbent workers to advance within a supply chain career pathway.

  • Central PA Works
  • Northampton County Community College
  • Lancaster County Workforce Investment Board
  • South Central Workforce Investment Board
  • Lehigh Valley Workforce Investment Board, Inc.
  • Luzerne/Schuylkill Workforce Investment Board, Inc.
  • Manufacturers’ Association of South Central PA

Des Moines, IA

Central Iowa serves as a truck, rail, and air hub, with 17 logistics and distribution centers in the region. Through Delivering the TDL Workforce, Central Iowa Works is scaling up its newly established TDL Academy that offers training including digital literacy, workplace readiness, financial literacy, workplace simulation, and technical training. The 300-hour program provides 6 credit hours at the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC), and the Introduction to Logistics course prepares students for an MSSC certification. Topics for the course include introductions to supply chain and logistics, warehouse and distribution management, material handling, and certification to operate a forklift. In addition to DMACC as the education and training provider, the Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families facilitates support services and offers training facilities, and five employers including Ruan Transportation and UPS are program partners and have committed job interviews for completers.

  • Central Iowa Works TDL Academy
  • Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC)
  • Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families

Jersey City, NJ

Jersey City Employment and Training Program (JCETP) leads a partnership to prepare a TDL workforce with the skills needed by the Port Authority and other regional employers. The public-private partnership includes the Mayor’s office as a convener, the Hudson County Workforce Investment Board aligning the training with the local workforce development system, and the New Jersey City University (NJCU) as the education provider. The program builds off of the NJCU’s state-of-the-art Logistics Center that launched in June 2014, offering four short-term courses to both unemployed and incumbent workers. Program participants can enroll in Logistics and Warehouse Management, Inventory Cycle Count and Accuracy, AutoCAD, or Security Studies. They can also enroll in NJCU courses for up to 6 credits and prepare for the MSSC credentials Certified Logistics Associate and Certified Logistics Technician. JCETP has a successful history of connecting women to nontraditional jobs and will build on existing relationships with Women Rising and other community based organizations to recruit and serve women in the program.

  • Jersey City Employment and Training Program
  • Hudson County Workforce Investment Board
  • New Jersey City University

Long Beach, CA

Long Beach City College is focusing its program on heavy truck and tractor-tailor driving to serve the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, respond to the 228,113 statewide openings for the occupation in the past year and meet an anticipated 11% growth rate that is projected in the region through 2022. The College’s 14-week Harbor Driving Training Program leads to a CDL and clearance to operate in the local Ports. Through this initiative, the college is both scaling up and bringing the behind-the-wheel training in-house. The Harbor Trucking Association, representing 60 regional trucking companies, has been integral to creating this Port-specific CDL training program and continues to participate in curriculum development, participant recruitment and screening, and job placement. The program is working with WINTER and Women in Trucking—two organizations focused on recruiting and serving women—to increase the number of women in the program.

  • Long Beach City College
  • Harbor Trucking Association

Mississippi Delta

The Mississippi Delta Workforce Funding Collaborative, KLLM Transport Services LLC, and Hinds County Community College are delivering the KLLM Driving Academy, a commercial drivers program tailored to a regional demand for heavy and tractor trailer truck drivers that exceeds the national average by 53 percent. Participants receive a CDL and college credit for classroom instruction that includes time in a tractor simulator lab, a refrigerated trailer lab, and a computer lab. KLLM provides a driving range for 12 days of behind-the-wheel instruction, 6-week paid internships, and employment to all program completers. Through Delivering the TDL Workforce, the partnership is scaling up the program and expanding its enrollment of women and other underrepresented populations.

  • Mississippi Delta Workforce Funding Collaborative
  • Hinds County Community College
  • KLLM Transport Services LLC

Newark, NJ

This workforce partnership focuses on Auto Logistics, with particular attention to the needs of the Port of Newark. Led by CareerWorks: Greater Newark Workforce Funders Collaborative, this program was developed in close collaboration with Ford Motor Company and Sansone Auto Mall. Delivering the TDL Workforce scales up a 1,200-hour automotive technician training program delivered by the New Community Corporation to serve 200 jobseekers. The partnership provides automotive service technician training within a broader career pathway for Port Auto Logistics. 100 frontline workers at automotive service centers, primarily at the Port of Newark, are also receiving training for career advancement. Program participants receive industry-recognized credentials developed by the Ford Motor Company in automotive maintenance and light repair.

  • CareerWorks: Greater Newark Workforce Funders Collaborative
  • New Community Corporation
  • Sansone Auto Mall

Piedmont Triad, NC

The workforce partnership in the Piedmont Triad Region seeks to address its regional TDL needs as a long-standing state hub of manufacturing and logistics as well as the site of new distribution centers for Walmart and Sheetz. Led by the Triad Workforce Solutions Collaborative, this partnership offers logistics training leading to a Global Logistics Associate certificate. The training spans workforce skills, supply chain management, logistics and transportation, warehouse operations, SCM information technology, and safety compliance. The North Carolina Center for Global Logistics serves as the training provider, with case management and wrap-around services delivered by the Greensboro/High Point/Guilford County Workforce Development Board, and Degrees Matter! registering participants and helping them connect to college degrees.

  • Triad Workforce Solutions Collaborative
  • North Carolina Center for Global Logistics
  • Greensboro/High Point/Guilford County Workforce Development Board
  • Degrees Matter!

Seattle, WA

SkillUp Washington is leading the scaling and coordination of several local TDL training programs to meet the high workforce demand in numerous occupations at the Port of Seattle, including the Sea-Tac International Airport, and throughout the region in heavy and tractor trailer truck driving. SkillUp, the Center of Excellence for Global Trade and Supply Chain Management, and the Seattle Jobs Initiative are conducting labor market research and convening employers to ensure that programs target in-demand occupations and skills and to build out those training and job placement systems. Port Jobs’ Airport University program at the Airport Jobs Center offers participants a variety of for-credit short-term training programs that are aligned with career pathways and lead towards Global Trade/Logistics certificate or Homeland Security certificate. South Seattle College, in partnership with Goodwill Industries, delivers an Industrial Vehicle Program for trucking occupations.

  • SkillUp Washington
  • Port Jobs
  • Center of Excellence for Global Trade and Supply Chain Management
  • South Seattle College
  • Seattle Goodwill, and the Seattle Jobs Initiative

Tampa, FL

CareerEdge Funders Collaborative leads a TDL partnership that connects four educational providers, twelve employer leaders, and local workforce development agencies to scale up access to 15 industry-recognized credentials that are in demand regionally. The need for a variety of TDL workers has been driven by industry growth due to the region’s transportation assets—three seaports and the intersection of two major highways—coupled with an anticipated wave of retirements. Approximately 40 percent of program participants are enrolling in supply chain management training, followed by 20 percent training for a CDL, mechanical, distribution and warehousing certifications. Other programs prepare students for numerous occupations including industry maintenance and materials technicians. St. Petersburg College, the State College of Florida, Suncoast Technical College, and Manatee Technical College, Bridges to Careers Program provide the training. The project is modeled after the LINCS Consortium, led by St. Petersburg College, which uses a career pathway design of latticed and laddered supply chain curriculum, enabling upward mobility from entry-level worker certificates through Master’s degree programs.

  • CareerEdge Funders Collaborative
  • PGT Industries
  • Beall’s Inc.
  • Monin Gourmet Flavorings, Inc.
  • Tropicana Bradenton
  • St. Petersburg College
  • State College of Florida
  • Suncoast Technical College
  • Port of Manatee
  • Manatee Technical Institute