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BECOME A TRUCK DRIVER.

HIGH wages, GREAT benefits.

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Finding money and time for job training is tough – but we make it possible. Enter a high-demand, high-paying career. Receive CDL training and licensing fees for free.

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Available for people living in Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, or Lane County.

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DRIVING PROSPERITY

Truck Driving is a Recession Proof Job

Trucking keeps products moving. As demand for freight increases due to e-commerce and online shopping, the need for truck drivers also increases. There has never been a better time to join the truck driving ranks!

Now is the time to take the first step to becoming a truck driver.

GET A GREAT JOB
IN AS LITTLE AS 4 WEEKS.

  • No Trucking Experience Needed
  • Great Wages
  • Paid Sick & Vacation Leave
  • Medical, Dental, & Vision Benefits
  • 401K Retirement Plans

Partners receive $3.4 million to address truck driver shortage

The Oregon Workforce Partnership is celebrating a significant milestone in addressing the critical shortage of truck drivers with the allocation of a $3.4 million grant from the Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Good Jobs Challenge.

Opening up the open road: Workforce partnerships training new truckers

On this edition of Oregon On The Record, you’ll hear how the Oregon Workforce Partnership and the Lane Workforce Partnership are teaming up to train hundreds of new truck drivers in our region.

Start a New Career in 4 Weeks
at NO COST to You.

It is easy to get started!
Find out if you are eligible in less than 1 minute!

The Support You Need to Hit the Road

More then just a certification – we help you with:

  • 100% free CDL training program tuition

  • CDL licensing fees

  • Any materials and/or supplies required for the CDL training not included in the tuition

  • Language supports

  • Additional fees that are not included in the tuition

  • Transportation assistance to and from classes

  • Childcare assistance

  • New Job Supplies

Pick a school close to home! Training is offered at multiple schools for your convenience.

Aisling Truck Academy
Knife River Training Center
Linn Benton Community College

Are You Eligible?

Find out now what is needed to quality for this opportunity.

Text Us @ +1-458-235-4373

  • Reside in Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, or Lane County in Oregon

  • Good driving record
  • Able to pass a D.O.T. physical
  • Able to pass a D.O.T. drug screening test
  • 18 years old +
  • Valid US driver’s license
  • Registered for Selective Service
  • U.S. Citizen or eligible to work in the U.S.A.

Excited Graduates,
Successful Careers

The experience gained through training has helped many secure the exact job they hoped for in their driving career.

read where graduates are now

“I just wanted to personally drop you a line of gratitude! Without the provided funding from the SOWIB program I would not have accepted a fantastic job offer this morning!! I’m starting training next Monday for a driving job I applied for after graduating from Aisling Trucking. It’s a (local) tractor trailer delivery position starting at $28.70. Wage increases are healthy and frequent as well! Your team is doing good things, keep going!! Attached are a couple pictures of me (Don said you requested) with one of the practicing trucks at their school! Cheers!!”

Ricky B. – Eugene, OR

“I received an electrical apprenticeship within the electrical union and couldn’t be happier. Getting my CDL was a stepping stone to this program. I have a career now that will last a lifetime, great benefits and pay. In four years, I’ll be around 6 figures. Thank you”

Lukas T. – Springfield, OR

“Was already working for the company but now I am working as a driver. Started July 1st. I get paid per load. Can make between $55,000 and $80,000 depending on routes. This was a great opportunity for me. One I would not have had normally. I am thankful and really appreciate your help! A huge step up for me.”

Dan N. – North Bend, OR

“Thank you for the help and support. I moved to Grants Pass to be closer to my work at A&M. I am getting a regular paycheck, and my finances are better than ever. I would not have been able to do this without the help of SOWIB to pay for my school and helping with my rent while in training.”

Paul S. – Roseburg, OR

“I want to thank you and your team from the bottom of my heart.  At 35 I realized I was no longer feeling fulfilled in the line of work I was doing as an in-home care resident manager.  I have always wanted to drive and be on the open road but realized how expensive it can be to get my CDL. I got referred to Rachel and the driving prosperity program. I could have never imagined how above and beyond you and your team would go to see me succeed. Without your help this could have never happen. You helped my wife and I stay afloat while also getting into a career that will get us to another level. I was able to obtain a full-time job right out of school with A&M. I am on the road and love what I’m doing.  Thanks again”

Wilson K. – Springfield, OR

“I was in construction for 15+ years and before that a logger. I had also had a CDL for a couple years. Due to age and some injuries I wanted to get my CDL back and drive log truck. Without this program I never would have been able to achieve that goal. Kelsey was extremely helpful and went above and beyond all expectations. This is going to have such a positive impact on the rest of my life and  allow me to keep working for a long time. I am extremely grateful for this program and hope it helps other people as much as it has helped me.”

Robert Quigley – Coos County

“I was having a hard time trying to find a career that was a fit for me. I spent on and off ten years working in a mill. I had been wanting to get my CDL for years but didn’t know how to balance work and fees and classes. I had friends telling me that I might be able to get help for funds, so I walked in and took the steps needed. I probably would have kept putting it off due to expenses and probably would still be stuck at another dead-end job. It was time to make this happen and it was possible because of WSRV and the Good Jobs Challenge.

THANK YOU.”

Ashton C.

“In the past I have done mostly construction jobs and also some driving. I was formerly incarcerated, and I needed support and help getting funding for school. Just being released from prison, I haven’t been in society for a while and I needed more education and confidence. I hated training at first but some of my instructors were really great and very helpful through this process. I honestly learned that there are people and resources that are willing to help you if you’re willing to work hard. I plan to work for Coca-Cola, and I feel like I now have the knowledge and skills for success.”

David M.

“I was not unemployed; I was under-employed. Winter is a slow time for my type of work. I needed financial assistance if I wanted to further my career. I could not afford to pay for the training. I always wanted to be a truck driver and always wanted to travel the states. I enjoyed the training, the instructors were amazing and I made a friend with one. I feel better, more confident driving a truck and I feel safe doing my job. I would have started sooner if I would have known there was help out there. I want to keep driving until I retire.

Currently employed at Schneider Trucking.”

Nicholas P.

“I was having trouble finding consistent work. I don’t want to change jobs a lot I want to build a career. I worked in restaurants and on farms and I was laid off due to lack of work. I wanted to be in a demanding field of work with a lot of opportunity. I had the best time working with Aisling Truck Academy. All the instructors were amazing there was no way I could have done it without the work source center and the Good Jobs Challenge. I learned how to be more confident in my decision making and just go for it and make things happen. I plan on driving a commercial vehicle to gain experience and then move into hazmat shipping. It has given me the mindset that I can accomplish anything. I plan on being the best commercial driver I can be, safe and well planned out drives.”

Christopher R.

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Empowering CDL Holders to
DRIVE SUCCESS

Discover inspiring success stories: explore where our CDL graduates land and embrace their job passion.

RESPONSES TO THE TRAINING EXPERIENCE

  • I enjoyed learning a new skill that is practical for use daily that also set me up for a good paying job.
  • Our instructor allowing us to make mistakes so that we can understand the situations better and be prepared for the road.
  • The instructors were very knowledgeable and great to be work with.
  • Learning over all how to drive the semis and the advice the instructors were able to provide.
  • Instructor (Lori) was very clear with instructions. Made challenging situations achievable.
  • The driving.
  • I got the best Instructor, right training, and driving experience from UCC Trucking School.
  • Learning the trade and having an awesome instructor
  • I enjoyed the family like relationships all of us future Truckers developed over the weeks of training. Several of us still keep in touch.
  • The hardest part for me was having to miss 4 weeks of work to attend.
  • Finances. Thankfully I received aid from SOWIB to successfully attend school and graduate with CDL.
  • Work and school at the same time
  • The actual training.
  • Financially floating myself to cover bills while in school. There’s no time to work so, bills add up.
  • Finances.
  • Getting comfortable driving manual.
  • Getting in the driving time needed to feel comfortable.

EMPLOYER TESTIMONIALS

Our company has hired a number of students that have gone through the Good Jobs – Driving Prosperity Program. With the environment as it is today with not nearly enough drivers to fill trucks the Program has become instrumental in our hiring efforts.  The drivers come to us with all the basic knowledge needed to get going and we then implement our own training program for our specialized type of trucking. I believe that the no cost option of a trade school is greatly enhancing the efforts to find and put competent drivers in trucks for the local community. It is our hope that we will be able to capitalize on the surge of drivers well into the future.

Thank you so much for your efforts!!

Employer – Roseburg, OR

I would like to say that our CDL training program has kept us competitive in our market and without these classes we would have an even larger deficit of drivers. At this point, about 50% of our drivers have come through this training program.

We think this is our only hope for future growth and sustainability in the driver shortage era that we find ourselves squarely in the middle of right now. We would like to be able to train these drivers the way they need to learn for our industry. Every type of truck driving is different and dump trucking is no exception to that rule, it is great that they learn from the ground up in the construction driving industry.

We believe it is a great career with huge potential for a family supportive wage and benefits for the truck driver. The 3 main companies you support locally all provide good income, great benefits, and good retirement potential. I am more than willing to speak to whomever it may concern about the investment you have made in our future locally.

All of the above-mentioned companies are happy to train and get drivers in the “pool” if you will, if they stay with our company great if they don’t at least they can contribute to the driver pool availability, hopefully locally.

Thank you for your time and investment in us.

Employer – Eugene, OR

We are closer to having all our trucks full than we have been in 17 to 18 years. We still have a few open but the funding for CDL schools has been an absolute game changer for us. Many of the new drivers have stuck with us long term and now have a few years’ experience under their belt. If I can do anything to contribute to getting this funding to continue, I’d be more than happy to do anything needed.

Chuck Bracelin Trucking – Coos Bay, OR
Southwestern Oregon Workforce Investment Board
Lane Workforce Partnership
Rogue Workforce Partnership

About the Good Jobs Challenge

The Good Jobs Challenge (GJC) is designed to get Americans back to work and increase wage growth.

The Good Jobs Challenge brings together employers who have hiring needs with other key entities to provide in-demand skills training that leads to good-paying jobs. EDA recognizes that workforce development is a critical pillar to supporting locally led, innovative, and competitive economic development.

In 2018, the already alarming deficit of 50,800 drivers swelled by more than 10,000 from a year earlier, according to a study by the American Trucking Associations. By 2024, the driver shortage in the trucking industry is estimated to reach 175,000. Oregon and nationwide still has an overwhelming need for qualified Class A CDL drivers. 

Collaboration works to address trucker shortage.

The FREE CDL project aims to produce 325 newly licensed truck drivers in two years across six Oregon counties with a 90% success rate. This project will provide 292 individuals with long-term employment and higher wages which will create an economic ripple effect lowering the impact on public resources, improving mental and physical health, reducing medical costs, and adding workers to an industry in need of qualified candidates.

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