Patterson High School in California is introducing college students to the potential for a profession in truck driving, an trade dealing with employee shortages impacting the nation’s provide chain. David Dein, a CDL teacher on the high school, warned the driver shortage will proceed to be an issue.

Dein mentioned on “America’s Newsroom” that the truck driving trade is missing roughly 63,000 drivers and that 25% of present drivers have reached or are nearing the age of retirement. He anticipates the trade will really feel the total impact from these retiring inside 5 years.

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“There is a huge demand, and a part of our goal here is just not to fill seats,” he mentioned. “We want to make sure that we create a pipeline of young, well-trained talent for the future.”

The ongoing labor shortage has resulted in large cargo delays and has disrupted the availability chain, threatening a disaster going into the vacation season. 

Labor Secretary Elaine Chao mentioned the shortage might grow to be a “new normal,” blaming the Biden administration’s authorities help applications like debt forgiveness and lease aid for the decline in labor drive participation.

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Bob Nardelli, former CEO of Home Depot and Chrysler, warned the issue might grow to be a nationwide emergency and should require involvement from the U.S. army.

Dien, nonetheless, is engaged on a small-scale and long-term answer to get younger Americans straight into the trade. 

Isael Medina, a latest graduate of the Patterson High School CDL program, informed Fox News’ Bill Hemmer that Dien’s class impressed him to pursue a profession in truck driving.

“What motivates me is how Dien told me there’s a shortage of truckers, and I really enjoy this career path,” Medina mentioned. “So it’s not mostly about the money, it’s mostly just about helping out my community.”

Dien mentioned the common age of individuals coming into the truck driving trade is 38 years outdated, which he mentioned means folks usually select truck driving as a second or third profession selection.

“We really want people like Isael to enter into this industry as a first career choice — who really care about the industry, who have a passion for it.”