OOIDA gets into the education business

| 10/5/2006

This week, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association partnered with a Kansas City-area community college to offer a three-day seminar on the business aspects of trucking.

The Owner-Operator Business Management Seminar welcomed 21 attendees to Missouri Wednesday, Oct. 4, through Friday, Oct. 6. The seminar was held at the Blue River Community College campus in Blue Springs, MO.

Subjects covered included everything from what insurance to carry to how to do your taxes.

The class schedule is being managed by OOIDA Foundation Project Manager Tom Weakley, but the students got instruction from several professionals from OOIDA’s Business Services division.

Some truckers signed up because they simply wanted to improve their general business skills in the industry. Some reported they are brushing up on rules and regulations to apply for their own operating authority. The rest of the class was seeking information to help them succeed as owner-operators.

The students also toured the OOIDA headquarters, visited with Land Line Magazine staffers, stopped by the studio during a recording session and got a glimpse of Mark Reddig and the “Land Line Now” XM radio crew in action.

Clare Roberts, the community relations manager for Blue River Community College, said she’s already received interest from 10 individuals for a second class. Although another class has not yet been scheduled, she would like to offer it as often as there is a need for it.

“There are people in the class who I spoke with directly, one of the female students, who said she would like to come back and bring her husband,” Roberts said. “He’s more of the driver, and she thought it would be an excellent thing for him to hear firsthand.”

For more information about upcoming seminars, call Blue River Community College in Blue Springs, MO, at (816) 220-6518.