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.
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