When Salina Area Technical College started its Commercial Truck Driving program in 2015, it was with the support many local trucking companies, including Great Plains Trucking, which donated the use of a semi and trailer for a year. The company renewed that annual donation in 2016 and 2017.
For 2018, the company has instead made the donation permanent.
“We decided it was time,” said Brett Weis, President of Great Plains Trucking. “We wanted to get the program off the ground and make sure it was going to be successful. It is, and it was time to just turn over the equipment and let Salina Tech have it.”
Weis said the truck and trailer are worth about $30,000.
Salina Tech’s eight-week Commercial Truck Driving program is offered four times a year.