Truck school operators blame economy for shutdown

| 1/6/2009

The recent economic downturn has reportedly taken another trucking school down with it.

The American Truck School in Fortuna, CA, closed for business in late December, according to the Eureka Times-Standard newspaper.

The American Truck School continues to operate a branch in Redding, CA, where drivers can train to obtain a class A license.

A trucking school employee said the lumber industry’s recent decline hurt logging and other seasonal trucking jobs, driving demand down for the school. In addition, many local trucking companies require a year of interstate driving experience and “don’t want to hire people straight out of school,” the employee told the Times-Standard.

Last week, national news sources reported the driving schools at Wisconsin-based Schneider National are taking a permanent vacation.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that the company is shutting the doors on the Schneider Training Academy and will now fill its driver positions exclusively with veteran drivers. That’s something the company has not done since the mid-1980s.