New Partnership Takes Trucking Career into Fast Lane

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If you’re looking to possibly make $80,000 a year by the age of 21, consider trucking and a new program with Heartland Community College.

As we told you in our special report last week, the demand for new drivers is extreme.

A trucking trade group estimates they need to add 90,000 new drivers every year for a decade to keep up with demand.

Heartland is now teaming up with Sysco of Central Illinois to offer a 16 week course that can end with a guaranteed job, benefits, even a sizable signing bonus.

“So Phase 2 is actually with Sysco, a 12 week apprentice program. They’re paid during that program. (They) Have that employment once they’re done so it’s really a nice benefit for the students, as well,” said Kelli Tillery Hill, V.P. of Educational Development at Heartland Community College. “And that’s where things get, you know, a little more customized and specific to an employers needs. But, obviously we all go by trucks every day on the road so we want to make sure these are well qualified, well trained individuals.”

The first 4 weeks are spent at Heartland’s Normal campus with the apprenticeship at Sysco’s facility in Logan County.

Truck drivers can often start making $50,000 a year or more.

Tyler Lopez

Tyler Lopez

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