Doesn't work for everyone, but every niche than can be filled
constructively is a step forward. Hat's off to these ladies and to
legislatures (state or national) and non-profits everywhere: This is a good
investment of taxpayer dollars. I'll bet the grant wasn't that big.
Huge ROI (short hauls are about $15-20 an hour I believe). Will the grant be
renewed? I hope so. But I can see the little wheels in conservative
legislatures turning now (aren't there plenty of truck driving schools
already? Why do we need to fund this?). The answer is the ladies in this story
couldn't afford it. Now, step away from vocational and look at higher ed.
Same scenario. If Rio Tinto or Energy Solutions would guarantee a job to
Johnny/Janey strait out of high school or CC if he/she got the engineering
degree, is a grant or zero interest loan worth the return in income tax revenue
generated by his/her $70,000 salary? This was the implicit promise a generation
ago. Because of that broken promise, we have a student loan debt crisis. But
to the original story. I applaud your success ladies!!!
Did you note Climb is not a governmental agency, it is a non-profit which has
received grants. The article tells us governmental agencies don't cut it.
@Grover,"If Utah is so interested in getting people off welfare, why
don't we have "Climb Utah" and giving them the tools to support
their family?My guess is that many folks in the state are so worried
about keeping women "in their proper place", that they really don't
care about the poverty level. Better to be under a man's thumb and poor
than be independent, and raising yourself and your kids out of the poverty pit.
Way to go Ladies!! Condolences in deed.
Last I heard there was a shortage of truck drivers and then there is this mom
who needs a decent paying job. This is great, put the two together. Being a
short haul truck driver seems an excellent fit for her.
Comments above miss the mark. My question is: "If Utah is so interested in
getting people off welfare, why don't we have "Climb Utah" and
giving them the tools to support their family?
I don't see how this can work. For decades the Democrats have told us that
all we need to do is just give the poor more money and stuff and they will
eventually earn more money.Now, we find out that more money and more
stuff doesn't work as well as training the poor in a trade that is in
demand AND pays more than minimum wage!! The horror of making these poor women
learn a trade so that they don't depend on government welfare anymore.
@ George: How condescending! What on earth makes you think any of those single
moms want or need your condolences? What an arrogant attitude.
My condolences to all the single mom's. Cat Stevens song OO Baby It's
A wild World, stuck in my mind as I read the story. I hope that all the little
girls take heart. Look at the mess life can become and learn to protect