Good Deed: Rotary Club, freight brokers partner to give $45,000 grant to Chattanooga State for training

Contributed photo / At the recent check presentation, from left, are Don McDowell, Rotarian; Brian Starnes, president F2F Transport and vice president of GuideOn Group; Dr. Rebecca Ashford, president of Chattanooga State; Doug Thompson, Rotarian; Kelsey Urban, organizational development for Max Trans Logistics; Bo Drake, vice president of economic and workplace development at Chattanooga State; and Cynthia Brooks, business and community development manager at Chattanooga State.

The Rotary Club of Chattanooga recently announced a partnership with the GuideOn Group to provide funding for scholarships to Chattanooga State Community College for its growing freight broker training program, according to a news release.

The $45,000 grant will be used to provide scholarships to 10 students enrolled in the program when it opens in the fall. The partnership is among the college, Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly's office and area freight broker companies to provide training at Chattanooga State's main campus.

The training will be provided by Chattanooga State's economic and workforce development team, which partnered with the American Job Center to develop an in-person freight broker course, taught by an experienced, industry professional from Kenco Logistics.

"Our Rotary Club is proud to be a part of this effort to provide students with a viable job earning more than living wage and [to be] excited about their future," club member Don McDowell said in the news release.

GuideOn Group President Joe Etheredge noted, "With many transportation companies vying for the best talent in Chattanooga, the competition is fierce. Our collaboration with the college's freight forwarder program gives us an edge, fostering a mutually beneficial relationship for both the GuideOn Group and Chattanooga State students."

Robin Derryberry

The Rotary Club of Chattanooga