From trucking to welding — moms take jobs that pay the bills

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  • Ex-Pat of Zion Lititz, PA
    May 10, 2014 8:04 p.m.

    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!!!

  • jsf Centerville, UT
    May 1, 2014 1:23 p.m.

    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.

    April 30, 2014 9:20 p.m.

    "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.

  • CBAX Provo, UT
    April 30, 2014 3:06 p.m.


  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    April 30, 2014 2:41 p.m.

    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.

  • Grover Salt Lake City, UT
    April 30, 2014 12:39 p.m.

    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?

  • Redshirt1701 Deep Space 9, Ut
    April 30, 2014 11:33 a.m.

    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.

  • Kalindra Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 30, 2014 10:44 a.m.

    @ George: How condescending! What on earth makes you think any of those single moms want or need your condolences? What an arrogant attitude.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    April 30, 2014 8:14 a.m.

    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 themselves.