By Rebecca Jefferis Williamson
(Photos courtesy of Advanced Training Systems)
Dec. 18, 2020 (San Diego’s East County) Women faced with sudden job loss from the pandemic may consider going to truck driving school to repurpose their life and source of income.
ECM interviewed CEO John Kearney of Advanced Training Systems via email for his insights and tips on pursing a career in truck driving.
ECM: What are the costs and/or scholarships for the training?
Kearney: Costs vary depending on school, public or private. Costs are the same for men and women. Women should contact the Women in Trucking Association to learn what the possibilities are and how women in trucking is really a growing field. Some high schools have a driver training program, and the cost is very low because students take the driver training program as part of their regular school program. Many trucking schools that have training programs will train the student without cost unless they quit soon after the training. Costs for many of the programs can run from $4,000 to just under $7,000. I suggest that individuals interested in driving contact local schools, trucking companies and the workforce agencies in their area to determine the local possibilities. Workforce will often help with the cost of the training.