Prepared Hundreds for a Career
As a professional truck driver, Fallon resident Arni Ares traveled many highways over the years. But in 2009, he put the brakes on driving. Together with his wife Smokie, he started the Advanced Truck School, and affiliated with Western Nevada College’s Fallon campus.
Since then, more than 200 students from throughout the region have completed the truck-driving program, learning the skills for a new career. Now the pair says it’s time to hit the road again, this time to California and retirement.
Arni says he’s proud of the work they did on campus over the past three years. He loved teaching and putting safe, qualified drivers on the road.
“Nothing made me happier than getting a call from a trucking company saying thanks, you sent us a good one.”
“The program had a very high job placement rate,” said David Steiger, WNC’s director of Economic Development. “The school did a great job of helping students find career jobs”.
Ares said that despite the country’s economic troubles, qualified truck drivers are in demand. “I really enjoyed helping people get good jobs with good companies,” he said.
Now, the couple is set to travel the next road. “We’ve learned that life is feeling a little more fragile and that at this point in our lives, family is what’s important,” said Smokie. With that in mind, she is looking forward to spending more time with her seven grandchildren.
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