Plano North May 2021

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%

$14hour

202021: $18hour

Intercity bus drivers in DFW Tractor-trailer drivers in DFW

201920: $18hour 202021: $19.50hour

$22.07hour

+8.33%

$22.66hour

$0 $5

$10 $15

$20

Starting pay

$0

$5

$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.

DRIVERS NEEDED

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

For more information, visit communityimpact.com .

You have choices. We should be one of them.

What sets us apart? A personalized approach.

Adaptable portfolios.

High tech with a human touch.

www. j t lweal thpar tners.com | 855-949-4400 CONTACT US FOR A FINANCIAL CHECK UP Local ly Owned. Securities and advisory services are offered through LPL Financial, a registered investment advisor. Member FINRA/SIPC.

Some discounts, coverages, payment plans, and features are not available in all states, in all GEICO companies, or in all situations. Boat and PWC coverages are underwritten by GEICO Marine Insurance Company. Homeowners, renters, and condo coverages are written through non-affiliated insurance companies and are secured through the GEICO Insurance Agency, Inc. Motorcycle and ATV coverages are underwritten by GEICO Indemnity Company. GEICO is a registered service mark of Government Employees Insurance Company, Washington, DC 20076; a Berkshire Hathaway Inc. subsidiary. © 2021 GEICO

25

PLANO NORTH EDITION • MAY 2021

Powered by