Aside from safety, and security concerns, with trucks moving nearly 70% of all U.S. inland freight according to the American Trucking Associations (ATA), the driver shortage will have a nationwide impact on consumer prices as labor costs rise. The rise in cost will impact jobs nationwide.


Over the years we had been hosting meetings, workshops, and assessments sponsored by McDonalds Corporation at Hamburger University, with increasing involvement by universities, community colleges, local-state-federal government and other corporations leading to the creation of the non-profit chief executive officer (CEO) association Midwest Academic & Resilience Cloud Computing Consortium (MARC3) WWW.MARC3.ORG.

The MARC3 consortium grew out of the largest chief information officer (CIO)  association in the country comprised of over 200 Fortune 1000 CIO’s (e.g. Chicago Research and Planning Group-CRPG) that was created 06/1990, and ran till 09/2001 (911).  The inception of MARC3 focused on standing up major critical infrastructure security & assessment programs, and regional information sharing workshops for Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in addition to numerous projects focused on tying together collaborative interests & efforts of business, government and education directed at enhancing the resilience of all critical infrastructure relied on (e.g. transportation etc..).  Job Creation, and Economic Development are core to all MARC3 initiatives.

A two year project conducted by MARC3 to better align education with corporate hiring practices, uncovered a significant disconnect in the alignment of hiring needs of companies relative to drivers requiring a commercial driver license.

This is a National Concern, and we have been requested to help correct it!



(Required D4C Participation Fees)

Let us know if you are interested in participating in the development of a response to this grant.


Would your firm would like to participate in the following STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) focused grant? The timeframe we are working toward is a 07/30/2017 deadline for putting the team together for an October 2017 submission.  D4C, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focusing on enhancing employment in a time of disruptive technologies, will leverage federal STEM funding and coordinate with programs that you and your education partners have in place to create job pipelines in the transportation and logistics, autonomous vehicles, and cybersecurity STEM sectors. 

Commercial driving, warehousing, logistics, transportation planning, and cybersecurity have a critical shortage of workers at this time.  A major challenge in training and certifying people for these jobs is that all of these sectors anticipate disruptive change associated with the move to autonomous vehicles and associated enhancements to transportation hardware, software and control systems.  Workers need the incentive of immediate employment coupled with a compelling reason to earn additional educational credentials.  The Drive4College model incorporates a paid apprenticeship in the sector with a tuition banking model and an industry mentorship to recruit and retain workers to fill existing openings and offer them a way to train for new employment opportunities in the future.

Existing Opportunity For Consideration

We are intent on submitting a public/private partnership proposal in response to the US Department of Transportation open grant competition for an “Advanced Technological Education (ATE)” (NSF 17-568).  The intent of the grant is to “promote improvement in the education of science and engineering technicians at the undergraduate and the secondary school levels.”  

“With an emphasis on two-year colleges, the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program focuses on the education of technicians for the high-technology fields that drive our nation’s economy. The program involves partnerships between academic institutions and industry to promote improvement in the education of science and engineering technicians at the undergraduate and secondary school levels. The ATE program supports curriculum development; professional development of college faculty and secondary school teachers; career pathways; and other activities. The program invites research proposals that advance the knowledge base related to technician education. It is expected that projects be faculty driven and that courses and programs are credit bearing although materials developed may also be used for incumbent worker education.” 

Educational Institutions, states and employers have a unique opportunity to respond to the request for proposals for ATE grant funding by joining the coalition D4C is establishing of public programs, private partners and educational institutions to respond to critical to the future of STEM workforce education regionally and nationally. Bridging today’s jobs to tomorrow’s employer needs can maximize national and business investments in personnel and programs.         

D4C uses a “Hybrid” approach that aligns the responsible government stakeholders, the Departments of Transportation and Labor (Workforce Development), with business and industry along with employees and educators.  Drive4College addresses the serious, dangerous, and economically debilitating mismatch between workers, training, and job openings.  Drive4College is a “Career Stepping Stone” approach aligning employment candidates’ current work and future goals, while insuring retention through an “Executive Mentorship” program. The Private Public Partnership (P3) of Government, Academia, and Corporations makes this response to an extensive qualified worker shortage come together successfully.


Other Grant Opportunities

  • Center of Excellence (COE) for 21st Century Workforce Development through Economic Development  Administration NOFA making monies available to assist coal communities through the 2017 Assistance to Coal Communities (ACC 2017). “Would your firm like to participate in the following economic development focused grant?  D4C, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focusing on enhancing employment in a time of disruptive technologies, will help you leverage federal Economic Development Administration funding to Assist America’s Coal Communities (ACC) including related transportation and logistics business ecosystems and coordinate with programs that you have in place to create jobs in the sector.  “ACC 2017 funds available for application are targeted to directly assist communities and regions severely impacted by the declining use of coal through activities and programs that support economic diversification, job creation, capital investment, workforce development and re-employment opportunities.”


  • WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT & DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGIES The ONR seeks a broad range of proposals for augmenting existing or developing innovative solutions that directly maintain, or cultivate a diverse, world-class STEM workforce in order to maintain the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps’ technological superiority. The goal of any proposed effort must provide solutions that will establish and maintain pathways of diverse U.S. citizens who are interested in uniformed or civilian DoN (or Navy and Marine Corps) STEM workforce opportunities. As the capacity of the DoN Science and Technology (S&T) workforce is interconnected with the basic research enterprise and STEM education system, ONR recognizes the necessity to support efforts that can jointly improve STEM student outcomes and align with Naval S&T current and future workforce needs. This announcement explicitly encourages projects that improve the capacity of education systems and communities to create impactful STEM educational experiences for students including active learning approaches and incorporating 21st century skills. Projects must aim to increase student engagement in STEM and persistence of students in STEM degrees, while improving student technical capacity.