Sam Eustice

Truck driving the latest FVTC offering to join expanded programming in Wautoma

A hand shake here and a meeting there, along with a few introductions and a little brainstorming. That’s how employees at Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC) have worked with many leaders and citizens throughout the Waushara region for a long time. The simple and successful relationship-building model has served the region well for forty years when it comes to responding to workforce needs and quality of life issues.

With a new FVTC regional center on the campus of Wautoma High School expected to open this fall, momentum behind the latest educational initiative has shifted into high gear. Enter truck driving as the newest career training opportunity in store for greater Waushara County.

FVTC’s Truck Driving program is a career fast pass that typically remains stable, especially during a strong economy. Take the reliability of steady work and combine it with drastic changes in technology and family-friendly routes, and the career resembles an industry makeover. Spacious cabs, GPS systems that optimize route efficiency, and flexible schedules are attracting more drivers.

“We’re seeing a huge demand for truck drivers, and there is no formal training for these careers in this part of the state,” said Sam Eustice, one of FVTC’s veteran truck driving instructors. “It’s been an honor to see interest grow for a truck driving program in recent years by just talking to different people throughout Waushara County about this chance to learn a valued skill.”

In FVTC’s service area alone, there are nearly one-hundred job postings a month for skilled truck drivers, with an average annual starting salary of more than $46,000 based on the college’s most recent graduate employment research. The Wautoma community is conveniently located near some of the state’s major thoroughfares, making the new training program even more relevant.

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