Truck driver shortage, school too expensive

12:50 AM, Jun 26, 2012   |    comments
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COLUMBIA STATION, Ohio -- A huge demand for truck drivers cannot be filled because schooling is too expensive.

Ohio lawmakers may help with the cost.

At the Great Lakes Truck Driving School in Columbia Station, classes are only about half full, according to General Manager Roger Rollins.

"We turn people away everyday," Rollins said, "but we can't find them any form of financial aid."

A four-to ten-week class costs about $5,000. If potential drivers cannot afford the classes and cannot receive financial aid from their county's Department of Jobs and Family Services, then they are turned away.

Rollins says every one of his students has multiple job offers before they complete the class.

"Companies are calling and saying we need 15 or 25 people," said Rollins.

That's the size of just one class.

Great Lakes Truck Driving School works with 80 different companies that all have similar needs.

Members from the school visited Columbus last month to discuss ways to get more students enrolled. They are hoping to get some answers by August.


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