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MTI trains 100th batch of Earning Your Wheels grads

CASTLEGAR, B.C. - Mountain Transport Institute of Castlegar, B.C. is gearing up to welcome its 100th consecutive graduating class of Earning Your Wheels students this fall.


CASTLEGAR, B.C. –Mountain Transport Institute of Castlegar, B.C. is gearing up to welcome its 100th consecutive graduating class of Earning Your Wheels students this fall.

The 12-week training program, developed by the CTHRC, exposes students to a minimum of 120 hours in the classroom and 85 hours behind the wheel of an articulated tractor-trailer, followed by a minimum of 100 hours behind the wheel during four weeks of supervised workplace experience with a partnering carrier. The program is delivered exclusively through accredited schools such as MTI, and by certified coaches and instructors.

Earning Your Wheels has made a difference in the employment opportunities for graduates, says Andy Roberts, president of MTI. “They have not just found work. They have found work with good, high-quality, mainstream carriers.”

MTI’s 100th class of Earning Your Wheels students will complete in-class training on Oct. 1, and is scheduled to graduate in November after completing four weeks of on-the-job training.

Earning Your Wheels graduates earn a National Standard Certificate as a Graduate Professional Entry-level Truck Driver, endorsed by Markel Insurance as having the equivalent of three years over-the-road experience, and endorsed by Old Republic Insurance Company of Canada as having the equivalent of a full year of over-the-road experience.


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