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Eligible Counties

  • Michigan - Arenac, Bay, Clinton, Eaton, Genesee, Gladwin, Gratiot, Huron, Ionia, Iosco, Isabella, Lapeer, Macomb, Midland, Montcalm, Ogemaw, Saginaw, Sanilac, Shiawassee, St. Clair and Tuscola
  • Ontario - Kent and Lambton

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Congratulations Cass City Public Schools!

The 2023 Homegrown Giving award winner for the MSC region

With the donation, Cass City Public Schools plans to sustain a school-based Class A CDL training program to help address the high demand for CDL drivers in the agriculture industry. Through the training program, students receive both a math credit and a Class A CDL certification. The school rents a truck and trailer each month while covering other costs such as fuel and insurance. Students pay for the online portion of the course and the fee for an online test. The donation will help fund the school’s CDL program and create a scholarship to pay the fees for students who complete the course. There are many success stories of Cass City Public Schools students who have completed the course that are now utilizing their CDL license in their current careers with a few of those students returning to agriculture. Twelve students are currently enrolled in the CDL course for this school year.

Every Award Winner Has A Different Story

Watch to learn more about the 2023 Homegrown Giving Award Winner for the MSC Region.

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"The CDL program is a great way for students to gain experience to prepare them for jobs in agriculture. The Homegrown Giving donation will allow us keep the program running and connect more students with farmers who are struggling to find truck drivers so we can help their operations thrive.” – Adam Dorland, CDL Course Instructor at Cass City Public Schools

“We are proud to partner with Cass City Public Schools and support their efforts in the community. When talking with local sugarbeet growers, one of their biggest challenges is getting truck drivers to haul their sugarbeets. Cass City’s CDL course is a perfect fit to help meet the needs of our grower customers, which is what our Homegrown Giving program is about.." – Andy Bernia, ACH Seeds Great Lakes Region Manager

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