“The partnership award was for a company that has worked in a partnership with us to do really great things with the community,” said Keith Hamilton, a former account executive for Ivy Tech. “Carter is the company we chose to submit for Region 5.”
In addition to Carter Express, Ivy Tech selected six other companies in different regions for the college's annual partnership awards.
According to Ivy Tech, recipients for the Corporate College Partner award were selected based on the level of commitment by the organization in workforce training and development program, and other qualities.
This year, Carter Express officials said, they will train and hire more than 300 new truck drivers.
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Trucking across the nation • There are 6.9 million people employed in trucking-related industries. • The majority of trucking companies are small businesses - with more than 90 percent operating six or fewer trucks. Only about 2 percent of fleets operate more than 20 trucks. • Medium- and heavy-duty transportation vehicles traveled 137.2 billion miles in 2011 - up almost 5 percent from the previous year. • The trucking industry paid $36.5 billion in federal and state highway user fees and taxes in 2011 -- a 10.3 percent increase from 2009. Source: American Trucking Associations