Umpqua Community College educates future truck drivers

Their goal is to train those students to fill the roughly 170 annual truck driving openings in Douglas, Coos and Curry counties.

Posted: Sep 24, 2018 10:03 PM
Updated: Sep 25, 2018 7:45 AM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- It's never too late to start a new career.

That's what the folks at the Umpqua Community College Truck Driving School are proving every day.

UCC trains their students for local or long-haul trucking.

Their goal is to train those students to fill the roughly 170 annual truck driving openings in Douglas, Coos and Curry counties.

That's just a small portion of the over 2,000 openings across Oregon.

Amanda Rightbower is a single mother of five working to get her certification to work for a local logging company.

She said local truck driving is perfect for her, because she will still be able to be at home with her kids.

"I do have a family at home, and they do expect me home every day," Rightbower said. "Maybe not every night or morning or whatever, but to be able to be home and still have somewhat of a normal life still, but be able to pay for the things that my kids need at the same time. In order to do that, going logging or truck driving in general will help financially with my kids."

If you are interested in UCC's Truck Driving School but don't think you can afford it, they do have scholarship options available.

If you don't qualify for those, many trucking companies offer to pay for your certification after you've passed and get hired on.

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