City partnership brings bus driver training to Richmond

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Three Richmond residents who wanted to receive training for a career as a bus driver lacked the resources to travel to a training facility in Vallejo, so instead the training came to them.

For the first time, the city’s RichmondWORKS agency partnered with Michael’s Transportation Service Training Academy in Vallejo on the first successful Class “B” license training course in Richmond.

With job seekers finding it difficult to make it to Vallejo for the training, Robbie Hurtado, an employment specialist with RichmondWORKS, arranged to have training for local residents at the Employment & Training Department, 330 – 25th St. in Richmond.

Now, those three Richmond residents have successfully completed the training and are “on their way to reaching their goals,” according to City Manager Bill Lindsay’s latest weekly newsletter.

For other looking to become bus drivers, First Student is holding a job fair from 9 a.m. to noon this Thursday at its Richmond location at 436 Parr Blvd. The company is looking for 30 part-time drivers in the Richmond area and about 200 Bay Area-wide. Applicants will be trained, assisted in earning a Commercial Driver’s License and have opportunity for additional hours, the company said.

For more information regarding RichmondWORKS and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) training services, please visit here or call (510) 307-8014.

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