Yuma truck driving school welcomes military members

Yuma truck driving school welcomes military members

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Yuma, AZ--A new survey shows that the truck driving industry is facing a big shortage and for those interested it could be future job opportunity.

Jorel Blocher, an active duty member at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma finishes his service in July.

Blocher said by the time he's out he should have his commercial driver's license.

"Some jobs are hard out there to find and even then you can always get a job truck driving anywhere pretty much," Blocher said.

Blocher is among many active duty military members prepping themselves for the civilian world before finishing their service.

"Right now our industry is predicting a shortage of 400,000 drivers by the end of this year so anyone wishing to get into commercial truck driving industry, it's a great time to do it," Joseph Ziemer, regional director of admission of Yuma's truck driving school said.

The school offers active duty military members, like Blocher, to get tuition assistance and a flexible schedule.

The program also offers GI bill educational benefits for veterans.

"Any active duty service members who wishes to go through our program can use their education benefits to cover the cost of the program," Ziemer said.

Officials say the average annual pay ranges from $35,000 to $65,000 but it really depends on experience and type of driving position.

to be admitted to the program students must be 21 by the time program is completed, have active Arizona driver's license, pass a drug screen test and be English proficient.

"I recommend try to get in the program as soon as you can if you got the time," Blocher said. "Right now i'm getting out soon and i'm taking the program at a pretty quick pace."

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