Economists say the economy is starting to grow in northeast Indiana.
Manufacturing is helping that growth.
Wednesday, Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann announced a state plan to help create more truck driving jobs in the region- to transport to goods that are driving that growth.
You can see semis and commercial trucks up and down the interstate.
Through Work One, the state of Indiana is hoping to get more trucks on the road- driven by people just like you.
Companies in Wells County, and across the region, have the jobs- they just need the drivers.
"Well, estimates are as much as fourteen-hundred, from several hundred, to fourteen hundred, but certainly we know there are hundreds of good jobs in Indiana for CDL licensed drivers, and we hope to attack many more to this profession,” Ellspermann says.
Wednesday, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development teamed up with Wells County to create a scholarship for twenty students to go through Ivy Tech's eight-week CDL training program.
"The most recent figures that I've seen is really there is at least a hundred thousand jobs that could go filled tomorrow, if they could find commercial drivers, and that's on a national level,” says Ivy Tech Northeast Chancellor Jerilee Mosier.
Mosier says that could increase to 350,000 in five years.
And as the area sees manufacturing growth, more drivers are needed.
"We are creating jobs on a micro scale, or a local scale, but these jobs are here now. I have in wells county alone at least twenty or twenty five truck driving job openings right now. I've got industries that can't find certain types of engineers or certain types of production people throughout,” says Wells County Economic Development Executive Director Tim Ehlerding.
To qualify for one of those scholarships, you need to be underemployed, unemployed, or just received your GED.
You can find out more here-
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