Training at CMN prepares 17 for trucking jobs


Contributed photo Stefan Fuhrman’s photo with his training certificate was used in Schneider’s recruitment materials.

Seventeen area men have become ready for trucking industry employment since summer 2016, thanks to training at the College of Menominee Nation in partnership with Fox Valley Technical College and Menominee Job Center. Employment is the program’s goal, and the success rate among the corps of graduates is strong, according to Miranda Gollnow, career services specialist at the center.

Gollnow added that for one recent graduate, success has not only meant work with a premier trucking and logistics firm, but also being featured in company recruiting materials.

When Gresham resident Stefan Fuhrman completed Schneider National’s orientation training earlier this year, he ended up in the right place at the right time for an impromptu photo session. The picture of Fuhrman holding his certificate of training was snapped and shared widely by Grailing Jones, Schneider’s director of employment network development.

In addition to Fuhrman, who is a member of the Stockbridge-Munsee tribe, graduates of the trucking program include area residents John Erdman and Joshua Marsh; Eric Boucher of the Oneida tribe; and Menominee men Robert Dess, Kenneth Dodge, Weston Fedenberg, Patrick Firgens, Craig Grignon, Greg Jacobs, Luis Kakkak, Clifford Olson Jr., Clarence Olson, Alex Peters Sr., Shannon Tucker, Adam Waukau Sr. and Jeremy Wescott. All earned the Class A commercial driver’s license certification, which is required for over-the-road driving of commercial use tractor-trailer trucks.

The four-week session is led by an instructor and uses a tractor-trailer rig from Fox Valley Tech’s transportation program. Applicants for future sessions at the Keshena campus should obtain a commercial learner’s permit, hold a driver’s license, be age 18 or older, and be able to pass physical and drug tests. Menominee Job Center works with applicants in obtaining necessary certifications and determines whether applicants are eligible for Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act assistance with tuition and pre-certification costs. The workforce act is funded by the Bay Area Workforce Development Board for aiding in job search and placement, assessing skills and barriers to employment and providing labor market and career skill enhancement.

Eligibility information is available from the Menominee Job Center located in the Community Technology Center on the CMN campus, N172 state Highway 47/55, Keshena.