Truck drivers needed in southern Oregon

The Umpqua Valley Truck Driver Training Project is working to raise awareness of industry needs and attract more students to the career.

Posted: Dec 10, 2019 11:02 AM

ROSEBURG, Ore. – More than 80% of goods are transported by truck in southern Oregon, and the need for drivers is on the rise.

The Umpqua Valley Truck Driver Training Project is working to raise awareness of industry needs and attract more students to the career.

The training project is in partnership with Umpqua Training and Employment, Umpqua Community College and the Umpqua Valley Transportation Sector Partnerships.

It's helped bring more students to the four-week UCC Truck Driving Program.

Through the program, students receive help getting the right certifications for the industry, and it teaches them how to operate a truck before they get hired.

Andy Owens, the CEO of A&M Transport and a partner in the project, said this is a great profession for anyone who wants to make a great living while working independently.

People can make up to $45,000 a year with full benefits starting out, Owens said. After more than five years of experience, he said people can make up to $85,000.

Interested applicants can apply through Umpqua Training and Employment in Roseburg or through UCC.

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