Bruce R Smith first fleet to offer driver training scholarship

SIMCOE, Ont. — After obtaining two Honour BAs in university, Christine Reu of Jarvis Ont. wants to be a truck driver. And this time, she won’t have to pay for school.

That’s because trucking fleet Bruce R. Smith is picking up the tab under the “Learn To Earn” scholarship the carrier recently created in partnership with KRTS Transportation Specialists in Caledonia, Ont.

Reu always wanted to become a truck driver, but opted for university first. Today, at 27 years old, her wish for making a living off the open road hasn’t wavered. So, into trucking she decided to go.

Bruce R Smith says she’s met the scholarship criteria, which requires applicants to be a minimum age of 21, have a clean drivers abstract, a clean criminal record search, and to be able to pass the MTO medical evaluation.

She will be studying the Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI) Certified Course that is offered at Fanshawe College in Simcoe, Ont. with training partner KRTS Transportation Specialists Inc.

“The Learn To Earn Scholarship demonstrates an unconventional way for a carrier to recruit the best entry level drivers,” says Kim Richardson, President of KRTS. “We were thrilled that Bruce R. Smith was the first to offer this scholarship, as they are so well respected in the Industry as well as the community.”

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