Meet Dawon Gore, Truck Driving CDL-B Graduate and U.S Army Veteran

By on June 4, 2018

From St. Louis Community College:  Dawon, a U.S. Army veteran, exited the military in 1988 and became a letter carrier before a career in law enforcement. After 18 years as a police officer, Dawon needed a break. He thought of his 6 year old daughter and knew he needed a change. “I wanted to move away from shift work and put my family first.” He knew a career in truck driving paid well, but hesitated due to uncertainty of the travel demands. Dawon’s break lasted four years. Finally, he came across St. Louis Community College’s Professional Truck Driving Program, attended an information session, and met Bahi Talundzic, the Career Pathway Coach. Bahi took the time Dawon needed to help him make the decision to pursue the CDL-B license.

Dawon came to the STLCC Truck Driving Training Program feeling pretty confident, but had a fear of downshifting. “Seth (instructor) identified my fear and worked through it with me. Seth played a paramount role in my success.” Dawon now works for Raineri Construction driving a cement mixer. “I will be earning union wages in only 45 days. I have two more weeks to go. I’ll be earning a wage that can support my family.”

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