SANDERSVILLE - With funding from a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant for $199,998 awarded in August of 2011, Oconee Fall Line Technical College has now purchased 4 trailers for use in the College's Commercial Truck Driving program and is in the process of purchasing 3 tractors (or trucks) to help train more drivers needed within the industry.
According to Occupational Supply Demand System, by 2018 national demand will increase by approximately 18.6% for the General Freight category for Heavy Truck Drivers. This translates to 100,000+ new jobs for over the road truck drivers in the next 6 years.
In Georgia, the same segment is expected to grow 14.9% or approximately 8,000 new jobs. This week, according to the American Trucking Association the industry needs between 20,000 and 30,000 new drivers for just this one segment of the industry. The actual numbers will be much larger.