FleetForce Truck Driving School expands to Venice and Fort Myers

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Demand for new drivers leads FleetForce to open two new locations in Florida

BRADENTON, Florida, April 05, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–FleetForce Truck Driving School has announced plans to open two new training centers in the Florida Gulf Coast region as the need to recruit new drivers on the road continues to fuel the company’s growth across the state.

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FleetForce Truck Driving School announces plans to expand operations to two new Florida locations. (Photo: Business Wire)

FleetForce President Tra Williams joined trucking industry leaders at an event in Bradenton last week to announce the two new locations and celebrate the success of a newly launched pre-employment program designed to recruit more drivers.

“If we are serious about addressing the growing shortage of truck drivers, we need to be innovative and create a new model for recruiting and training drivers,” Williams said. “Drivers are retiring faster than we are replacing them, and we have to be prepared to do things differently if we want to attract people to the trucking industry. This collaboration is a big step in the right direction.

The program — a partnership between FleetForce, the Florida Trucking Association, the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, and several trucking companies — removes the financial barrier for people who want to attend driving school. FTA member trucking companies pay tuition up front, with an agreement to hire the student once they complete the course and receive their CDL.

“The image of the trucking industry is changing, and the way we recruit professional truck drivers must reflect that change,” said Dr. Alix Miller, president and CEO of the Florida Trucking Association. “The pre-employment program opens doors by removing barriers for those who might not have considered a career in trucking – and it has already proven to be a huge success; since the program’s launch, approximately 5,000 aspiring drivers applied.”

FleetForce currently operates driver training schools in Winter Haven, Palm City and at the State College of Florida’s Bradenton Campus, Manatee-Sarasota. The new Venice site will expand the partnership between FleetForce and SCF.

“The collaboration between State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota and FleetForce continues to ensure that our local business and industry partners have a pipeline of qualified, work-ready commercial truck drivers,” said Dr. Todd Fritch, Vice -Executive Chairman and Provost of the State College of Florida. “Since we began working together in November, over 150 drivers have been trained by FleetForce at our Bradenton campus. Having FleetForce on campus continues to provide another entry point for individuals to receive the training and certification that they need to go to work. We are excited to extend this collaboration to our Venice campus in the coming months.”

About FleetForce

FleetForce Truck Driving School, based in Winter Haven, Florida, is the fastest growing CDL school in Florida. Serving Florida for 23 years, FleetForce is licensed by the Florida Department of Education, Committee for Independent Education, and Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to provide CDL training and testing statewide. In 2021, the company opened its second location at the Bradenton campus of State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota. In February, the third location opened in Palm City with expansion plans in Venice and Fort Myers. For more information about FleetForce or to apply for CDL training, visit DriveFleetForce.com.

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