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April 6, 2022 12:59 PM, EDT

FleetForce Plans to Expand Driver Training Program in Florida

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FleetForce Truck Driving School, in operation in Florida for 23 years, announced plans to open two training facilities in Venice and Fort Myers along Florida’s Gulf Coast in an expansion of its collaborative pre-hire program announced in November.

The program — a partnership with Florida Trucking Association, State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota and multiple trucking companies — removes the financial barrier for people who want to go through driver training school. Trucking companies that are FTA members pay the tuition costs up front, with an agreement to hire the student once they complete the course and receive their CDL, Winter Haven, Fla.-based FleetForce noted.

“The pre-hire program opens doors by eliminating barriers for those who may not have considered a career in trucking, and it has already proven to be a huge success; since the program’s launch, about 5,000 aspiring drivers have applied,” Alix Miller, CEO of Florida Trucking Association, said in a release.

FleetForce noted it currently operates driver training schools in Winter Haven, Palm City and on the Bradenton campus of State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota.

“Since our collaboration began in November, over 150 drivers have been trained by FleetForce at our Bradenton campus,” said Todd Fritch, provost of State College of Florida. “Having FleetForce on campus continues to provide another entry point for individuals to receive the training and certification they need to go to work.” — Transport Topics

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