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Black women in Mississippi are learning how to drive the big trucks.
Willie Jones, president and CEO of DSC Training Academy, shows these women how to enter the transportation industry by providing educational and hands-on training through her truck driving school in Jackson.
Public News Service reported that the demand in the truck driving industry is high, especially for Mississippi, which relies heavily on trucks to deliver everyday goods.
Jones said a career in the trucking business offers equitable pay for women drivers.
“As long as you’re able to drive that truck and get that freight from point A to point B, your pay is going to be equal to the men that are out there,” said Jones.
Women who train through her academy are matched based on personal and professional goals. A new training initiative is in the works for DSC that will offer students who are mothers mentorship, mental health, and other resources.
“We’re very excited to have a new program that we’re getting ready to launch at DSC called ‘Mississippi Women in Trucking,’” said Jones.
Jones said Mississippi offers workforce training dollars for women to pursue jobs that will increase their wages. Graduates from her academy are well-prepared to thrive in the transportation market.
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Source: Black Enterprise