ROCKFORD — Tom Currey is 48 and switching careers, leaving behind the electronics industry that kept him employed, until last year, for three decades.
Currey finished a Rock Valley College truck driver training program Friday and is getting his commercial driver’s license. The industry is thirsty for workers, and at least six recruiters from trucking firms have visited Currey’s class since it began five weeks ago.
“We graduate today and I got a job next week,” he said. “Just that quick. That’s how quickly they move. They really need drivers.”
Trucking is not a job for everyone. Long-distance haulers can work long hours and juggle crazy schedules. It’s less desirable when there’s a foot of snow on the ground or raining sideways on the highway. Or when the temperature is below zero or approaching 100 degrees and you’ve got to load or unload heavy freight.
But you can’t complain about the pay.
Depending on the firm, truckers can earn $35,000 to $37,000 in the first year and upward of $50,000 after two years, according to Rock Valley College, which charges $3,800 for its training course. Highland Community College offers a similar program for $3,936.
RVC administrators are discussing how to best tailor its program to the needs of students and trucking employers in the region. The college may alter the time of day its courses are offered. A one- or two-day CDL refresher course may be added, too.
Workout exquipment at the Snap Fitness gym at a Pilot Travel Center in Lebanon, Tenn., is shown in this photo submitted photo.
photos by Snap Fitness/Rolling Strong The exterior of a Snap Fitness gym at a Flying J Travel Center in Dallas is shown in this submitted photo.
Knoxville-based travel center operator Pilot Flying J is partnering with two fitness companies to offer “express gyms” at many of its travel center locations.
A grand opening for one of the new gyms is planned today at the Pilot Flying J travel center at 921 Murfreesboro Road in Lebanon, Tenn. This will include a “belt-cutting” ceremony by officials of the three companies involved — Pilot Flying J, Snap Fitness and Rolling Strong.
The facility will feature equipment such as treadmills and ellipticals, as well as free weights and other workout gear. Trainers will be available and the facility will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Similar facilities exist at a Pilot Flying J location in Dallas and one in Rising Fawn, Ga., near Chattanooga.
In a statement, Pilot Flying J CEO John Compton said the company will look for other locations where it can open gyms. Rob Perry, president of Rolling Strong, said the Lebanon location was picked because it had about 1,000 square feet of spare space suitable for the facility.
“Pilot Flying J understands the challenge professional drivers face in maintaining a healthy lifestyle while on the road,” Compton said. “That’s why we are pleased to partner with Snap Fitness and Rolling Strong to provide convenient workout locations to help drivers improve their health and fitness.”
Minnesota-based Snap Fitness is a major franchiser of 24/7 express fitness centers and Rolling Strong is a Las Vegas-based provider of wellness programs for truck drivers. Sean Mohr, owner of the Bearden-based Any Body Fit exercise equipment company, is a partner in Rolling Strong.
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Originally posted 2013-02-03 19:00:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter