Trucking nonprofit pitches in for female empowerment.
By Domenic Olmeda
From techs to drivers, recruiting skilled help is a major concern for the transportation sector, but employers could likely ease their worries if they looked in the right places. Women in Trucking (WIT), a nonprofit established to encourage the employment of females in the field, believes this untapped demographic is more than capable of filling these roles if given the proper tools to succeed.
The WIT Foundation, an affiliate of WIT, awarded seven scholarships so far this year to women pursuing knowledge in the trade. Their interests range from diesel engineering to Class A commercial driver’s license (CDL) training. “We continue to work diligently to strengthen the legacy of education in the transportation industry,” says WIT Foundation chair Debora Babin Katz, who is also vice president of TrucBrush Corporation.
Valued at $1,000 each, the scholarships are bestowed in four areas: technical, safety, leadership and commercial driving. With these funds, recipients will be able to finance their higher learning in fields such as diesel technology, CDL training and transportation and logistics management.
The organization credits donations and fundraising events as its primary means for providing scholarships. “As a nonprofit, the WIT Foundation relies on the generosity of donors who make our mission possible,” Katz says. The group recently concluded a special sports auction, which awarded the winning bidder the ceremonial first pitch for the Cleveland Indians vs. New York Yankees game at Progressive Field in Cleveland on August 6, 2017.
WIT Foundation scholarship applications are being accepted through August 31, 2017 and can be submitted here.