Currently there is a need for more than 45,000 drivers in the US right now, some estimates have the need at over 250,000 new drivers in the next 5 years. Today the average age of a truck driver is over 58 years old, nearly 60% can retire within the next 5 to 10 years. Driver wages for new (beginning) drivers are between $30,000.00 to $50,000.00 for major national companies; $23,000.00 to $35,000.00 for local drivers.
The economic impact to our community can be tremendous, 10 new drivers can bring $300,000.00 to $500,000.00 or more in new wealth to the community annually, then consider the multiplication factor. Most new drivers will work for a company headquartered outside Ohio, bringing new wealth to the state, region and local community, but coming home to their current residence.
Truck Driver Training (CDL) can be “Fast Track” done in as little as 3 weeks but more commonly 6 to 8 weeks, long programs of 20+ weeks are price prohibitive. Our program is 4 weeks of instruction and testing on the 5th week. Ohio has the highest standard for CDL training,
making Ohio students the most sought after in the nation.
The Action In Motion Academy, Truck Driving Academy, gained community support working with the Ashtabula County Growth Partnership; to date over $40,000.00 in donations have been received, including 2 trucks from companies that because of insurance requirements can’t hire our students for at least 2 years. They have done this as an investment in the future for their company’s growth. Program cost is all inclusive at $5,000.00 which gives students and funders a defined cost for training. Training is based on a 160 hour training model: 40+ hours classroom; 40+ hours of Behind the Wheel control of the vehicle; and 80 hours of observation time, which is critical for adult learners. Training is 4 weeks with testing on the 5th week for the Weekday classes, Night and Weekend classes are 8 weeks with testing on the 9th week.
Job search is started before the student even registers for class. Most students will have between 3 to 5 job offers before the class starts. We are working with Ohio Department of Job and Family Services for funding low income and unemployed, as well as under employed. We are working with Ohio Bureau of Workers Comp for funding for returning workers.
To date 7 class starts and 9 students have graduated the program (3 more tested on 11/20/14) total of 20 students have enrolled so far.
We have students with jobs at:
o 1 @ Pepsi Cola in Silver Spring, Maryland
o 2 @ Schneider National in Green Bay, Wisconsin
o 1 @ US Xpress in Chattanooga, Tennessee
o 1 @ Werner Enterprises in Omaha, Nebraska
o 1 bought his own dump truck and is working at the Port of Ashtabula
o 1 @ CRST in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
o 2 are waiting on the Ohio Department of transportation for hiring approvals.
All nine of these students had job offers before registering for class. Only one student left the area for a job, 8 have employers outside the area but will live, work and enjoy Ashtabula County as their home, 2 are likely to work for the State of Ohio staying home every night and having a 30 year career potential. Income potential for these students will be over $35,000.00 their first year. The two at Schneider National will make over $45,000.00 per year and get a sign-on bonus on certain accounts. Werner Enterprises and US Xpress will make over $40,000.00 their first year.
If you would like more information or would like to enroll- call 440-261-9721.