Pictured from left, Lineage employees and students Edwardo Negrete, Darren Dursteler, BBCC CDL Department Head Guillermo Garza, Lineage employee and student Jerry Barajas and CDL instructor Oscar Casados participate in onsite training.
In 2015, Lineage Logistics acquired Columbia Colster and with it, the location on Lee Road in Othello. Houston Johnson, of Lineage Logistics, said they were given the directive from the corporate office that the employees must have a commercial driver's license (CDL), even those just transporting across the street. He said they started outreach to see how to get that done and came in contact with Beth Laszlo, M.Ed., Center for Business and Industry Services (CBIS) coordinator with Big Ben Community College (BBCC).
Laszlo and Johnson reached out to the head of BBCC's CDL department head Guillermo Garza and he is credited by all parties as being the creative driving force to make the training work. Lineage had 12 employees they wanted to have the licensing, which has a state requirement of 160 hours training.
"You can't do it the traditional way, you have to think out of the box," Garza said. "We try to make it so we're versatile for any company."