Because a trucking company can't find enough qualified drivers, it has joined with Utah Valley Community College to train drivers.
The professional driving program at UVCC is being modified from a six-month program to eight weeks of intensive training to better meet the needs of area companies."Those completing the Swift program at UVCC are conditionally guaranteed a job after graduation," said Robert Olsen, Swift Transportation Co. vice president and terminal manager of the Lindon office. "We plan to have five sessions each year with 24 in each class."
"We can't find enough responsible, qualified drivers," said Kevin P. Knight, Swift executive vice president. "We are facing a shortage of good drivers, which will become more severe in the 1990s. Statistics have shown that half a million drivers will be needed to meet the nationwide demand by the year 2000."
Swift operates more than 1,000 trucks, employs 1,325 people and has projected 1989 revenues of $120 million. "We know that, right now, we can create 400 additional jobs each year, and programs such as this can help fill those positions," Knight said.
Students entering the program must be 21 years old, have a good driving record and pass an assessment test, physical examination and a drug test.
The fee for the UVCC program is $1,790, which covers tuition, books, material and equipment usage.
For more information, call Mark Olsen or Ann Kirkman of Swift at 785-6400 or 1-800-877-3111.