Transportation, Distribution, Warehousing and Logistics (TDWL) industries all play an important role in transporting things where they need to be at each stage of production. These activities involve moving raw materials and agricultural products to the appropriate manufacturers, and shipping manufactured goods to wholesale and retail distribution centers by road, rail or air.
TDWL industries are booming and are very global in nature. Their explosive growth has been spurred by the increased adoption of new technologies which allow time-specific delivery and electronic tracking of cargo.
To meet the growing demand for qualified employees for TDWL careers in the road and rail industries, Central Community College in Hastings, Nebraska and Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte, Nebraska banded together to form Central Nebraska Transports for the Future (CNTF).
CNTF is funded in part by a President's Community Based Training Grant, as implemented by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration. These grants help develop and and implement demand-driven workforce development through strategic partnerships between the workforce investment system, employers, community colleges and other training providers. This grant strengthen the role of Central Community College and Mid-Plains Community College in promoting the U.S. workforce's full potential and to enhance their capacity to help students and workers develop skills needed to succeed in high-growth/high demand road and rail industries.
A key component of the CNTF program is a Mobile Training Lab. This powerful training and public relations tool is a state-of-the art classroom, complete with highly sophisticated truck or rail simulators that puts users virtually behind the controls of a moving computerized truck or train.
Located in the heartland of America and at the center of the Mid-Continent Corridor, Nebraska is an ideal place to work in a TDWL industry. The amount of trade along this corridor has grown 65% since 1995 and the aggregate increase of truck traffic along the corridor is anticipated to grow by 80% before 2025.