SCC career in transportation day could help generate more truck drivers during a major shortage

Students from 28 school districts will learn about several careers across the transportation field
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MILFORD, Neb. (KLKN) – Southeast Community College is hosting a “Careers in Transportation Day” on Wednesday that gives students the opportunity to meet people in the industry.

Kevin Uhler, the program director, said students “can experience a wide variety of hands-on activities with motorcycles, cars, truck and ag equipment from parking an 18-wheeler, to working on mechanical, electrical and computer-controlled systems, to V/R learning experiences and more.”

This transportation day is happening during an extreme truck driver shortage nationwide.

The American Trucking Association wrote, “At current trends, the shortage could surpass 160,000 [drivers] in 2030. ATA estimates that over the next decade, the industry will have to recruit nearly 1,000,000 new drivers into the industry to replace retiring drivers, drivers that leave voluntarily or involuntarily, as well as additional drivers needed for industry growth.”

Students from 28 school districts across eastern Nebraska will attend the event, which takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., starting at the Welsh Center Gymnasium at 600 State St., Milford, Neb.

“This is a good chance to help these students find out what excites them,” said Uhler.

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