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Helping fill the void for truckers on First Coast

9:02 PM, Nov 27, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Its a growth industry with truckers being in demand for both long and short haul jobs.

The American Trucker Association says in another year the demand for drivers will exceed 100,000 needed to keep big rigs on the road.

Florida State College's vocational arm called Florida Coast Career Tech has a new $5 million complex at Cecil Center to train students who want to jump into the high demand profession.

"If you have a clean driving record, a good background there's a company that will hire you with a job," said Joseph Lackey an instructor who has six years of experience driving 18 wheelers.

Jermane Brittion is a student who has his eye on going to the oil fields in Texas.

"The transportation industry has a lot of opportunities," said Britton who is weeks away from getting his commercial drivers license.

The prospects for people trained to drive big rigs has never been brighter says Lackey.

"Companies will literally give conditional pre hire that says pending your graduation, we would like you to drive for us," said Lackey.

The starting pay for a driver approaches $40,000 with more money down the road with experience.

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