Ryder System, Inc. (NYSE: R), a leader in commercial fleet management, dedicated transportation, and supply chain solutions, today announced a grant of $50,000 to Mohawk College, one of Ontario, Canada's largest Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship Colleges. The grant - which supports Ryder's investment in recruiting and retaining the best diesel technicians in the industry - will be awarded to the school over the course of the next five years. It will go toward a major redevelopment project that will benefit Mohawk's current and future students, enhance accessibility to college education, and provide benefits to faculty, staff, and the broader community. Additionally, the college's Stoney Creek campus, which serves approximately 4,000 students, has designated a classroom that will be named after Ryder.

"It's important at Ryder that we continue to invest in the best talent in the industry, and that includes creating a pipeline of talent to fill skilled positions in the future," said Jerry Brown, Vice President of Operations, Ryder Canada. "Our partnership with Mohawk will help to enhance the educational experience for the next generation of technicians in Canada and keep Ryder top of mind as an employer of choice for Mohawk students when they graduate."

Mohawk will host an event at their Stoney Creek campus on October 11 at 2 p.m. to honor the new partnership and to unveil the Ryder-sponsored classroom. Mr. Brown; Paul Ayotte, Ryder Canada Director of Operations; and Ron McKerlie, Mohawk College President & Dean, will all be guest speakers.

"Ryder's generous investment will help us expand our skilled trades campus," said Mohawk College President Ron McKerlie. "We're excited to open a new building, where students and apprentices from different programs and trades will develop their skills by working together on major projects."

Ryder has the best technicians in the industry and values the importance of technical training for ensuring the quality maintenance of its more than 230,000 total vehicles managed, and a commitment to quality customer service for Ryder's lease and maintenance customers. To find out what diesel technician positions are available at Ryder, click here.

About Ryder

Ryder is a FORTUNE 500® commercial fleet management, dedicated transportation, and supply chain solutions company. Ryder's stock (NYSE:R) is a component of the Dow Jones Transportation Average and the Standard & Poor's 500 Index. Ryder has been named among FORTUNE's World's Most Admired Companies, and has been recognized for its industry-leading practices in third-party logistics, environmentally-friendly fleet and supply chain solutions, and world-class safety and security programs. The Company is a proud member of the American Red Cross Disaster Responder Program, supporting national and local disaster preparedness and response efforts. For more information, visit www.ryder.com, and follow us on our Online Newsroom and social media pages: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

About Mohawk College

Mohawk College educates and serves 30,000 full-time, part-time and apprenticeship students at three campuses in Hamilton, Ontario. Mohawk trains more apprentices than any college in Ontario and ranks first among all colleges in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area for student satisfaction and graduate employment. Mohawk is among the top 20 colleges in Canada for applied research activity and is recognized as one of Canada's greenest employers and one of top employers in the Hamilton-Niagara region.

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