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The Trucking Industry in Need of Drivers [AUDIO]

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ST. CLOUD – If you’re looking for a job, consider becoming a trucker.  There’s a shortage of truck drivers across the country — and here in Central Minnesota.

Corky Rollins is a truck driving instructor at the St. Cloud Technical and Community College. He says they can’t train students fast enough.

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Rollins says they graduated 177 students last year. He says they have room for more, but the nearly $5,000 fee is a big hurdle for a lot of students interested in the program.

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The truck driving program at the St. Cloud Technical and Community College is a 180 hour program, which takes about four weeks to complete.  Rollins says virtually 100 percent of their students find jobs in the trucking industry.

If you’re considering a trucking career, a couple things to keep in mind:  you can be 18 years old to drive a semi within the state, but you have to be 21 years old to cross state lines.  You also need to have a clean driving record.

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