COMPETE RAISING THE PAY TO As the demand for those with a commercial driver’s license has risen, local entities have had to increase pay to stay competitive.
license course, said students are able to take their state tests to receive their licenses though the college. Going to a Texas Department of Pub- lic Safety oce can sometimes result in a three- to four-month wait for a testing spot, he said. The test is not an easy one, Walker said. On the state level, about 30% of people pass the rst time, he said, which results in rescheduling and testing being backed up even more. He said students who nish the course and get their commercial driv- er’s license can be placed in a job the week after class if they desire. “We have about four or ve dier- ent recruiters come in from dierent companies that are hiring straight out of our school,” Walker said. The companies that Walker works with outsource about half of their contracts because they do not have enough drivers, he said. However, he is seeing more students take classes than in years past. “A lot of jobs are gone, but truck driving, it’s still there, and there’s still high demand for it,” Walker said.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County
Increased starting pay to $18 $20hour in 2021, an increase of 26%38%
Intercity bus drivers in DFW Tractor-trailer drivers in DFW
201920: $18hour 202021: $19.50hour
$10 $15 $20 $25
SOURCES: BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF COLLIN COUNTY, PLANO ISD, FRISCO ISD, U.S. BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICSCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
Median pay in 2020
Those who are interested in lling bus driver roles in Plano ISD can visit www.pisd.edu/employment and those interested in Frisco ISD can visit www.friscoisd.org/employment/current- openings.
Bus drivers applying for the
More information about the commercial driver’s license classes oered at Collin College is available at www.collin.edu/ ce/classes/truckdriving.html
Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County can visit www.bgccc.org/ about-us/careers.
and timely student transportation services. “We are looking for candidates who enjoy kids, serving others and [want to] help us achieve the goals we have set for our department,” Neill said. Trainingdrivers Training and licensing are also challenges when seeking drivers, Gladden said. The school district
third-party vendor, R&B Vocational Training, to help meet the local need for professional drivers. The courses run for about four weeks. Students need to complete 200 hours of train- ing to earn a Class A commercial driv- er’s license, which exceeds the Class B license needed to drive a school bus, a college spokesperson said. Bryce Walker, one of the instruc- tors for the commercial driver’s
provides paid training so drivers can get their commercial driver’s license and be ready in time for the start of the school year. “Training and exams can take approximately eight weeks, so we are hiring now to have them prepared by our rst day of school, which is Aug. 11,” Gladden said via email. Collin College oers commercial driver’s license training through a
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