Food-assistance recipients could receive free truck driver training

Hamilton County Job and Family Services wants applicants for a program that will help food-assistance recipients to be truck drivers.

Applicants must:

  • currently live in Hamilton County.
  • be eligible for, and receiving, food assistance from the county
  • be able to read, write and speak the English language sufficiently to converse with the general public
  • be able to understand highway traffic signs and signals in the English language. be at least 18 years of age
  • have a valid Ohio driver’s license
  • be able to get to training, which is located in Hamilton, Ohio.

Qualified applicants will be offered free tuition and costs to attend Napier Truck Driver Training in the city of Hamilton. Napier has trained thousands of Class A CDL drivers since 1994. This training is a five week, full-time training course which operates Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Applicants will undergo 40 hours of classroom training plus 120 hours of hands on equipment training.

Napier also offers lifetime job placement, tutoring to pass the CDL written exams and free refresher courses for up to six months after graduation. Napier Truck Driver Training, Inc. has more than 30 companies that visit the school to recruit students for local, regional and over-the-road positions.

JFS has partnered with the state and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service in this first-of-its-kind partnership meant to help food assistance recipients achieve consistent employment with a living wage. The partnership has received national recognition for its innovative approach.

Interested residents should contact Jackie Farrier-Hogan at (513) 946-1117 or

by Jane Prendergast

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