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Olive-Harvey Partners with Women in Trucking and Girl Scouts to Launch "Transportation Patch"

Olive-Harvey Partners with Women in Trucking and Girl Scouts to Launch "Transportation Patch"

10/20/2014 12:00 AM

Dozens of area Girl Scouts now have one more patch to showcase their interest in learning about something new – the Women in Trucking Association awarded its first Transportation Patch last week. There were 84 Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, ages 5-12, who spent half a day at Olive-Harvey College learning about the transportation industry from experts. Olive-Harvey College is the City Colleges’ College to Careers hub for TDL (transportation, distribution, and logistics) education, preparing students for the 110,000 TDL jobs coming to the Chicago region over the next decade.   

At the event, the Girl Scouts completed a vehicle inspection, climbed into the cab of a semi-truck and built a truck out of paper. Attendees also heard a presentation from Lenora Hardee, Chief Technical Engineer at Navistar, who spoke about her career and the opportunities in the industry.    

“Women In Trucking Association's mission includes the goal to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry,” said Ellen Voie, President/CEO of Women in Trucking Association. “The opportunity to reach young women in the Girl Scout program to tell them about career opportunities in transportation supports this objective. The Girl Scouts who earned their patch in transportation learned about an important segment of our economy while getting an up close view of a tractor trailer in a fun filled day of learning.  We are thrilled to pilot this patch in the greater Chicago area and look forward to seeing it expand throughout the United States.”  

Volunteers from Olive-Harvey College, Women in Trucking Association, and Navistar were on hand to help the Girl Scouts with each of the activities and answer any questions they had about the transportation industry. The meal was sponsored by Averitt Express and patches paid for by C.H.Robinson, Inc. Snacks were provided by Frito-Lay.