Moraine Park Technical College and Kreilkamp Trucking in Allenton have joined forces to create the Wisconsin Regional Truck Driving Academy – a career opportunity to help address labor shortages.
“We want to provide people with opportunities because right now there are more loads available than there are truck drivers, so while this directly benefits Kreilkamp Trucking, it also benefits the company. whole trucking industry as a whole,” said Emily Sheely, hiring manager, Kreilkamp Trucking.
Kreilkamp had the tools and space for classrooms and driving, and Moraine Park had teaching resources. Together, the Wisconsin Regional Truck Driving Academy was created.
According to a press release, the Wisconsin Regional Truck Driving Academy is an eight-week program taught by two Moraine Park instructors. Cohorts will run every eight weeks, with 12-15 students each session.
Interested individuals must be 18 or older, have a clean driving record, and be able to pass both a drug test and a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical exam. Those accepted into the program become employees of Kreilkamp. Accommodation, transportation, and meals are paid during the program, and participants earn a salary as they complete the training.
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According to a press release, the Wisconsin Regional Truck Driving Academy, funded in part by a grant, is operated by Moraine Park’s Labor and Economic Development Department. After completing the program, participants will earn a technical diploma from Moraine Park, be employed by Kreilkamp, and begin work immediately.
The starting salary for a regional truck driver is approximately $61,000 per year.
The overall goal is to train 72 qualified truck drivers each year.