Ben Bracy, terminal manager of the CSX Intermodal Terminals' facility in Chambersburg, recently presented a $5,000 check to Amy Hicks, executive director of the United Way of Franklin County, to help launch the Stepping Forward Works logistics-focused technical training program. Sponsored by the United Way and other local entities, the four-week training course is designed to prepare job seekers ages 18-21 for careers in transportation or logistics.
Also attending the check presentation event were Mike Ross, president of the Franklin County Area Development Corporation, and Dave Sciamanna, Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce president.
Graduates of the training program earn qualifications as either Certified Logistics Associates or Certified Logistics Technicians. The associate certificate is awarded for successful training in fundamental logistics, including basic terminology, equipment, safety, work quality and communication. The technician certificate involves training in more technical aspects of the trade. Upon completion of the course, the trainees continue to work with United Way and other local resource groups as they seek employment.
The first round of certification classes attracted more than a dozen students, and the numbers are expected to increase as the program becomes more well-known throughout the area.
"The program provides a great opportunity to develop and strengthen this area's applicant pool, which is good for both our company and the local community," Ben said.
The program benefits CSX Intermodal Terminals by helping to provide a filtered, qualified pool of local job candidates, making the hiring process more efficient.
Involvement with the program also builds CSX Intermodal Terminals' public profile for making a positive impact on the local community. Moreover, helping to enhance the local workforce can help the community's standing in potential bids for future business projects.