PALM CITY, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--FleetForce Truck Driving School today announced the opening of its newest training facility in Palm City, Fla. The school offers a four-week course, helping students earn their commercial driver’s license (CDL) while preparing them for a career in the trucking industry.
FleetForce Owner & CEO Tra Williams was drawn to the Treasure Coast because of the high concentration of shipping, manufacturing and logistics companies in the area. He aims to boost economic development in the region by providing a direct path to better-paying jobs.
“FleetForce is aggressively expanding into underserved markets where focused, high-quality workforce development can not only change individual lives but also alter the very fabric of the community,” Williams said.
The driving school will be onsite at Armellini Logistics, one of the largest CDL employers in the area.
“We are elated to join forces with FleetForce,” said Carl Bauer, president of Armellini Express Lines. “Aspiring drivers now can become trained, qualified and licensed in an environment that has facilitated driver success for over 76 years. We are honored to play a role in introducing new CDL drivers into the industry and look forward to expanding our fleet.”
According to the American Trucking Association, approximately 1,200 drivers retire every week. To fill those positions, trucking companies are offering lucrative signing bonuses and attractive benefit packages to those entering the industry as professional drivers.
In November, FleetForce and the Florida Trucking Association partnered with over a dozen commercial carriers to offer free training and guaranteed employment to qualified applicants entering the driver training program. The average salary for a truck driver in Florida is $76,490 according to Indeed.com.
“There are very few careers that offer this level of compensation and job stability after just four weeks of training,” Williams said. Our mission is to empower drivers, strengthen companies, and build communities.”
FleetForce Truck Driving School, based in Winter Haven, Fla., is the fastest growing CDL school in Florida. Serving Florida for 23 years, FleetForce is licensed by the Florida Department of Education, the Committee for Independent Education, and the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to provide CDL training and testing throughout the state. In 2021, the company opened its second location at the Bradenton campus of the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota. In February, the third location opened in Palm City with plans to expand to other areas of the state as the demand for truck drivers increases. For more information about FleetForce or to apply for CDL training, visit DriveFleetForce.com.