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program. “On behalf of North Florida College and our students, thank you for your contribution of $4,000 for the CDL program,” said Judy Lundell, Director of Resource Development at NFC. “Your support will change lives as student scholarships further student degree completions and workforce training certifications.” The CDL program’s connection to industry partners and the region’s logging industry makes it unique among area training options. With a new commercial truck driving class starting this month, NFC is helping train essential workers for in-demand jobs. In just 12 weeks, graduates are prepared to earn a CDL-Class A certification and quickly enter the workforce with local and state employers. The generosity of donors like Koch Industries directly helps Taylor County students further their education. Over the last year the NFC Foundation has awarded scholarships to 71 Taylor County Students with a total of more than $41,730 to cover tuition, books and fees. “We deeply appreciate Foley Cellulose and Scott Mixon’s continued support of NFC,” said Lundell. “In addition to scholarship and program support, they have a genuine interest in helping our students and community. They are an outstanding industry partner for the College and have been essential to helping our career and workforce education programs grow over the years.” The Foley Cellulose mill is a major producer of specialty fibers found in products that people around the world use in everyday life, including clothing, tires, shampoo, diapers, filters and towels. Locally, they actively seek to improve the quality of life in our community by focusing on education, entrepreneurship, environment and enrichment as top priorities. For more information on how to partner with the NFC Foundation or support student scholarships, contact Judy Lundell at lundellj@nfc. edu or 850-973-9416. NFC Student Darrell James: “I am taking the CDL program at North Florida College to better myself and to be a better provider for my family.” CAREER AND WORKFORCE EDUCATION Training for Essential Jobs North Florida College’s commercial trucking program is helping students train quickly, in just 12 weeks, for in-demand jobs that have staying power in today’s workforce. “With the pandemic and economic crisis, a lot of people are out of jobs, but you see the trucks are still rolling and moving,” said NFC student Jakarti Brown. NFC student Travis Corbin also sees the program as a way to open new doors, now and down the line. “I needed to improve my financial situation and well being for my family and myself. With this training I hope to one day have my own truck, maybe multiple trucks.” Scott Wheeler says he is excited about where a career in trucking can take him. “What I find most interesting about the career is the open possibilities and not being confined to a certain area. My goal is to stay local while my kids are in school and then I look forward to going over the road so I can see the country.” NFC plans to begin a new class Sept. 11. Visit www. nfc.edu or email smithh@nfc.edu for information. SUMMER 2020 | CONNECTIONS MAGAZINE 19