With the partnership of the General Assembly, the launch of the Trucking Tennessee campaign was made possible. This was put in place to strengthen the trucking workforce and continue to support the industry as a whole.
Tennessee Governor Bill Lee spoke more on this topic: TCATs across our state are now making it easier than ever for drivers to become certified through programs like Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect, drivers can be certified at little or no cost in as little as six weeks.”
Qualifying veterans can now use their benefits at any of the 14 participating TCATs across the state to launch a new career in trucking. Additionally, “Wilder-Naifeh Technical Skills Grant” is available and offers up to $2,000 per year in aid to eligible students to graduate from the program debt-free.
The new Trucking Tennessee website provides users with important information on salary potential, career benefits, and direct access to nearby TCATs offering truck driving programs. Most students complete the program and are ready to take the CDL exam in six to weight weeks. This puts an emphasis on how crucial the need for truck drivers is in the United States.
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With the demand for CDL positions in Tennessee expected to increase nearly 20% between 2023 and 2030, additional drivers are needed to transport goods across the state, as well as local delivery drivers, public transport drivers (bus and coach), and other jobs requiring a CDL. The need for statewide truck drivers will soon become a need for nationwide employment.
Tennessee’s Colleges of Applied Technology are adding various new and updated truck driving programs, and equipping their campuses with high-tech training vehicles for both theory and practical tests. This helps prepare students for all skills and testing requirements come the final CDL examination. The plan for more programs and advanced systems will be added in the coming year.