Adult students enrolled in the CDL-A and Heavy Equipment Maintenance and Operations (HEMO) programs at Oswego County BOCES (OCB) had a guest visitor on campus recently, Nancy Perkins, Northeast Regional Recruiter for Swift Transportation. Swift Transportation is the largest publicly owned truck load carrier in the United States employing over 20,000 drivers at 40 terminals in 27 states. A terminal hub is located nearby in North Syracuse on Northern Boulevard.
Perkins talked to the students about career opportunities at Swift and some of what potential employees could expect, especially in the first few months with the company. She told the students that many new drivers quit within the first six months at most companies because they are not realistically prepared for the time away from home and family that over the road (OTR) trucking careers require. She explained that her policy is to tell recruits the truth about the downside to the career along with the perks and benefits so someone interested in working for her company can make an accurate decision about their future as a tractor trailer driver.
Perkins talked to the students about the four top dedicated accounts that Swift works with in the Northeast region and what potential income a new driver can expect to make. She also explained what type of work it would entail, for some, drag and drop while for others unloading the truck is required.
Before leaving, Perkins passed out information about Swift Transportation along with employment applications and encouraged those interested to apply. Swift is one of several other trucking companies that visit OCB’s CDL-A and HEMO programs to recruit drivers and many offer pre-hiring opportunities to graduates from these programs.
For more information about adult education programs, contact Paul Gugel, Director of Adult and Migrant Education at 315-963-4256 or visit the website at www.OswegoBOCES.org/AdultEd.