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Colorado-based carrier, Navajo Express, receives approval to partake in Veteran Affairs Apprenticeship and Mentorship Programs

Navajo Express set to increase recruiting efforts on veteran hires

Denver, Colorado, USA – WEBWIRE
The Colorado Department of Labor presented Navajo with their certificate of approval in front of a Navajo Express military wrapped truck.
The Colorado Department of Labor presented Navajo with their certificate of approval in front of a Navajo Express military wrapped truck.

"Veterans have values you just can’t teach - hard work, time management and a strong focus on family," says Tim Staroba, Navajo president.

Navajo Express (Navajo), a nationally acclaimed carrier, is thrilled to announce that it has received approval from the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Veteran Affairs Department (VA) to partake in the VA Professional Truck Driver Apprenticeship Program and Professional Truck Driver Mentorship Program.

“We could not be more excited to kick start these programs as it allows us to support and show our appreciation towards those who have served our country,” states Tim Staroba, Navajo’s president. “Veterans have values that you just can’t teach – hard work, time management and a strong focus on family,” he adds.

In order to qualify for these programs, the DOL and VA examine a carrier’s current training program, specifically what type of training and the hours of training that the veteran will receive.  

“We were pleased to see that our training program not only met the DOL and VA’s standards, but far exceeded them,” says Staroba. “It is a nice nod to how hard our safety and recruiting departments have worked to put together a program that sets up the Navajo drivers for success.”

Navajo is considered a “national account” meaning their current training locations – Denver, Colorado; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Tolleson, Arizona – can all benefit from the apprenticeship and mentorship programs. With the approval of the DOL and VA, eligible veterans can receive payments from their Post 911/GI Bill while partaking in Navajo’s training program.

“The National Apprenticeship System is so pleased to welcome Navajo Express as a National Registered Apprenticeship Program,” says Cynthia McClain, Colorado state director for US Department of Labor. She adds that the, “The new program registration will assist Navajo greatly in their efforts to provide excellent employment and training to veterans. We salute Navajo Express!”

In order for Navajo to maintain program approval, the carrier must succeed in recruiting 50 veterans within a year’s time. Navajo’s recruiter veteran specialist, Curtis Patterson, plans to far exceed this yearly standard. “As a veteran myself, I know how important it is for those transitioning out of the military to feel that they can enter into a financially stable and attractive career path. My passion is helping these veterans excel and these programs are the first step towards supporting that.”

Under these current programs, Navajo is also eligible to receive funding for veterans that is authorized by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. These specific funds are given through the DOL’s Employment and Training Administration.

“It’s encouraging to know that we can help support these transitioning veterans with state funding alongside the Post 911/GI Bill,” adds Patterson.

With more than 75 years of experience facilitating transportation solutions, Navajo Express’ services include dedicated fleets; intermodal; specialized equipment; and truckload. Founded by Don Digby Sr. in 1981, Navajo Express’ headquarters are located in Denver, Colorado with terminals nationwide including Salt Lake City, Utah; Tolleson, Arizona; Russellville, Arkansas and Darien, Wisconsin. For more information on their shipping solutions visit

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