Southern Refrigerated Transport (SRT), a company that got its start in Saratoga in 1986 with 10 trucks, has entered into a partnership with the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope. The Division of Industry Outreach & Continuing Education of UACCH has agreed to provide training to potential employees of SRT to prepare them to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) so they will be qualified to work for SRT.
SRT is the nation’s ninth largest temperature controlled trucking company with over 1050 trucks serving 48 states and Canada, and is the second largest employer in Miller County, located on Highway 67 near Mandeville.
UACCH said SRT approached them last summer to discuss assisting them with their training needs, specifically in the area of training drivers for their fleet. UACCH developed a planning team which consisted of Chancellor Chris Thomason; Dr. Jennifer Methvin, Vice-Chancellor for Academics; Randy Sanders, Dean of Technical & Industrial Professions; and Shaun Clark, Director of Industry Outreach & Continuing Education, to create a training model that best suited the needs of SRT.
“We are pleased with this new partnership with SRT and look forward to training these drivers. This is a great example of how UACCH-Texarkana is dedicated to working with business and industry partners in the area to provide the training or specialized education their employees need to be successful,” Thomason said. “We appreciate this opportunity to assist SRT and look forward to continuing to serve business and industry needs in Miller County and throughout our service area.”
Classes will be four weeks in length, with 11 per year planned for over 130 students. Classes will be located at the Four States Fairgrounds Arena.