Wisconsin Truck Driving Job Opportunities
More news on the truck driver shortge - this time in Wisconsin. However, this one is really good news for prospective truckers and hopefully will spark a growing trend in the driver training industry. An Eau Claire technical college is not only considering expanding its programs, but also offerring flexible hours and financing options so that a working individual can get their CDL while remaining at their current job.
As reported by Megan Lowry at WEAU.com:
"...the shortage leading to Chippewa Valley Technical School looking at ways to help fill the gap. Mark Fredrickson has been driving truck and training new drivers most of his professional career. "It's more of a life style than a job because it does take you away from your family for longer than an eight hour day and you can be gone around a week,” says Fredrickson.
"I was just drove for a guy yesterday that lost two drivers," says Fredrickson. CVTC is trying to meet the demands of the industry by expanding its training program and making it more flexible for students. "We find a lot of people are interested in getting their CDL but a lot of people can't afford to quit their current job to take the course so we are trying to find ways to work around that."
CVTC currently offers a CDL certification course every 8 weeks. “I have twelve students right now and I expect all of them to have jobs after graduation,” says Fredrickson. And in this economy students say that's rare and something that's not lost on them. “I love it, big trucks heavy loads being on the road and meeting all the people it’s just fun,” says Christian Fredrickson."
Let's hope we see more training schools and technical colleges take this approach and offer even more financing options to help get new truckers behind the wheel.