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Columbia Job Center hosts free CDL training to combat truck driver shortage

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)

Both Missouri and the U.S are trying to find people to drive trucks to move goods across the country.

The American Trucking Association says the country is 80,000 drivers short amid the supply chain crisis and the upcoming holiday season. Experts say if there isn't a change it's only going to get worse.

The lack of truck drivers is contributing to shortages, delays and higher prices.

To help combat the shortage the Columbia Job Center hosted a free Commercial Driver's License training event on Tuesday.

The event provided financial assistance in the training and placement for those looking to become truck drivers.

Businesses large and small are being affected by the truck drivers shortage.

Jimmy Aslanidis owner of Jimmy's Family Steak House says he has been impacted by the truck driving shortage since the start of the pandemic.

Aslanidis says he used to get up to five deliveries a week. "Now I'm lucky if I get two." he says.

Patrisha Rodgers with the Missouri Division of Workforce Development says that the C-D-L training event is a great opportunity and training is paid for if you qualify.

"This is a great opportunity for you to have secure employment for really the rest of your working career." Rodgers said.

CDL training rates cost upwards of over $4,000 which can be an obstacle for those looking to pursue truck driving. The Columbia Job Center is looking to help those who are seeking truck driving positions overcome that barrier.

For more information about the C-D-L training and the qualifications you can call 573.441.6361 or go to cwdregion.com/cdl

Erika McGuire

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