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The trucking industry is facing a shortage of qualified drivers. At Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute, the truck driver training program offers students a career path that fills a vital workforce need across North Carolina and the country.

“The trucking industry is the industry to be in right now,” said Laura Livingston, a truck driver for Hardy Brothers. “Everything you wear, everything you eat, is brought to you by a truck — so they’re hiring, and they want qualified drivers, and that’s what Caldwell turns out.”

With high industry demand for truck drivers, it is not uncommon for students in the program to receive job offers prior to graduating. While training at Caldwell Community College, Livingston said she was offered 12 jobs.


This is the first video of our three-part video series on the role of community colleges in developing North Carolina’s workforce. To read our featured article on this topic, click here.

Stephen Nadeau

Stephen Nadeau is an award-winning filmmaker. He received his Bachelor of Fine Art in Film and Television from the Savannah College of Art and Design. While attending SCAD, he won his first “Best Picture” at 19 years old. His first feature film received “Best Narrative Feature Film” at the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival. For more than a decade, he has worked with some of the industry leaders in the visual arts arena; including Bose, VISA, the NFL, The Smithsonian Channel, the VIA Agency, the Blue Man Group and Mittcom. In addition, he has worked with musicians including Dierks Bentley, Skylar Stonestreet and Jamie Davis.