Estes Donates Trucks to Southside Virginia Community College’s Truck Driver Training Program

Estes Donates Trucks to Southside Virginia Community College’s Truck Driver Training Program

RICHMOND, Va. (March 20, 2024) – Estes, the largest, privately owned freight carrier in North America, donated two 2019 Freightliner trucks to Southside Virginia Community College’s (SVCC) Truck Driver Training Program. Estes President and COO Webb Estes and Corporate Vice President Trish Garland met with SVCC President Dr. Quentin R. Johnson and Program Director Duncan Quicke to formally bestow the keys Monday afternoon.

“The future and success of our industry depends on new, qualified drivers entering the profession,” said Webb Estes. “Virginia is fortunate to have such a robust driver training program throughout its community college system, and Estes is honored to help these efforts.”

The Virginia Community College System (VCCS) has driver training programs across the state. These programs are part of VCCS’ FastForward initiative, which offers low-cost, short-term training courses to help individuals get the requisite experience for high-demand jobs like commercial truck drivers. In FY2022, the program saw 2,469 enrollees in its CDL course with a 99% completion rate.

"Since our inception in 1996, Estes Express Lines has been dedicated and steadfast in helping with our equipment needs,” said Quicke. “The Estes family has donated many pieces of equipment to the Truck Driver Training School and the generosity of the family has continued with a recent donation of two late model Freightliners. The trucks will help with training our students and the contributions could not have come at a more opportune time."

“Estes has always been a company that invests in and gives back to its local communities,” said Garland. “Estes started in 1931 in Chase City, Virginia, so it means a lot to remember our roots and support this region and opportunities like the driver training program, which gives so many individuals a path to a successful, impactful career.”

Garland was named Clarksville Citizen of the Year in 2013 and was the recipient of the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE) Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy in 2011.

The Estes family has always been one of the companies that SVCC could depend on. Recently they donated two 2019 Freightliners to the Truck Driver Training Program. Pictured: Trish Garland, Corporate Vice President; Dr. Quentin R. Johnson, SVCC President; Webb Estes, President & COO; and Duncan Quick, SVCC Truck Driver Training Program Coordinator.

About Estes Express Lines
Estes is the largest, privately owned freight carrier in North America. As an asset-based transportation provider with a global footprint, Estes always goes the extra mile to deliver reliable freight solutions and exceptional service that keep its customers coming back. Ethical and honest, with over 90 years of freight-shipping expertise, Estes has worked through the decades to build a robust fleet and vast network of over 11,000 doors and 287 terminals nationwide. And the company’s comprehensive transportation solutions are backed by its continued investment in technology resources, as well as the support of over 20,000 fiercely committed employees. Estes offers comprehensive freight shipping solutions, including Less Than Truckload (LTL), Volume and Truckload, Time Critical Guaranteed, Custom Shipping and Logistics, and Final Mile.

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