April 2, 2014
Can you and four other teammates pull a delivery truck with a rope and your bare hands? Come participate or cheer on your friends at the 3rd Annual Anne Arundel Community College Truck Pull Thursday, April 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Arnold campus, 101 College Parkway, Parking Lot C.
Sponsored by AACC’s Transportation, Logistics and Cargo Security program, the event is planned as a fun way to highlight the college’s offerings and the need for workers in these growing fields. AACC offers its certificate online in eight-week sessions. Students can earn a certificate within a year and a second certificate by continuing their education for an extra semester, making it convenient for full-time workers or single parents.
“I don’t think students realize the variety of occupations in this field,” said Kipp C. Snow, instructional specialist. “They may think transportation means truck drivers or warehouse workers, and yes, there are those jobs, but there also are the logistics, the product staging, the order fulfillment, the documentation for freight and import/export. There are jobs requiring technology and analysis. People are always going to need goods delivered. You are always going to have transportation. Those jobs are always going to be there.”
The college is highlighting the various industry occupations through a “Passport” game. Several area businesses in the transportation industry will have booths near the truck pull that will offer industry information, career opportunities and job openings. Students receive a “passport stamp” for each booth they visit, with prizes for those who fill up their “passport.”
New events this year are the Load-the-Truck Race and a Supply Chain Relay. In the Load-the-Truck Race, participants compete for time and accuracy in a relay loading boxes in FedEx and UPS vehicles to showcase the packing process of small-box carriers. For the Supply Chain Relay, participants compete in time and accuracy to process a customer’s order, including manufacturing, quality assurance, packaging, distribution, shipping and order fulfillment.
The truck pull is the main attraction. Teams of five people will compete in a timed competition by pulling an empty delivery box truck with a rope over a short, marked course in Parking Lot C. People can enter teams in the student, student club, faculty/staff or community categories, with prizes for the top finishers. Participation is free. Register your Truck Pull Team online