DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. (CW69 News at 10) — A new training center in Conley will put more truck drivers on the road and help address ongoing supply chain issues.
Conley is one of the country’s major trucking hubs, and it’s now a new training ground for the newest truck drivers. DeKalb County officials joined Roadmaster to celebrate the grand opening of its truck driving school with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.READ MORE: Elon Musk Explores The Limits Of Tesla's 'Self-Driving' Technology
“The demand for drivers right now is higher than it’s ever been. We’re short about 80,000 drivers in this industry right now,” said Roadmaster Driver Schools President Brad Ball.
This marks Roadmaster’s 30th year in business, 20th school in the country, and its third school in Georgia.
“It’s all about delivering jobs. It’s all about making sure the quality of life for our next generation has what they need,” said District 3 Commissioner Larry Johnson.READ MORE: Baby Formula Arrives In Indianapolis From Germany On US Military Aircraft
The Conley Roadmaster facility has about 40 students and the capacity for up to 700 graduates a year. The trucks bear the name of Roadmaster’s parent company, Werner Enterprises.
“There’s a lot more going into driving a truck than you think. You don’t just get in one of these big rigs,” said Greg Wynn, a Roadmaster graduate.
Britney Hall is a nail technician and one of the new truck driving students enjoying their first week of training.
“I’m really excited. I’m really looking forward to finishing. The first week went really, really well,” she said.MORE NEWS: Tiger Woods Withdraws From PGA Championship
Roadmaster is also hosting an Open House that continues through Friday.