PATTERSON, California — High school students in Patterson, California want to help rename trucking. TikTok helps them break down stereotypes about the trucking industry and to introduce young people to it.
“I was talking to my friends about trucking and they were like, ‘Uh? Trucking?'” “I’ve been talking to my friends and they’re like, ‘Uh, trucking?’,” Yuliana Rodriguez, a senior at Patterson High School, said.
Rodriguez doesn’t fit into the truck driver stereotype, but he is determined to change it. In a male-dominated profession, average ageMost of the new drivers are around 35 years old.
“It’s someone that comes in as a second or third career choice, especially because they have bills to pay,” said Dave Dein, CDL coordinator and instructor at Patterson High. “I often think, ‘How different would our industry look and feel if people entered the industry as their first career choice?’ People who have a passion for trucking.
Dein builds a network of young talent to solve any crisis year.
Dein stated that “The predictions were scary” in reference to the record high. shortageThere are 80,000 truck drivers.
He believes that it is necessary to have a steady supply of young talent in order to solve the problem over the long-term.
“How can someone pick a trade if it’s not something they’ve ever encountered before?” said Dein. “I was not able to do well in a traditional classroom. It wasn’t until I attended truck driving school in 1988 that I got it all. This was when I realized that I am not stupid. That was when I started going to school.
Dein designed one of the first hospitals in the country high school truck driving programsExpose students to the industry and help them find career opportunities after graduation.
The program is for students who are at least 18 years of age to get a commercial driver’s license. Seniors spend 180 hours in class and 30 hours in a simulator during the elective of one year.
“We break down the skills one by one,” says Dein. “We can record so much driving scenario in the simulator that is difficult to recreate in real-life, such as a front tire blowout.”
Through the Next Generation in Trucking AssociationHe is working to bring CDL driver and diesel technology programs into schools across the nation, encouraging freight transportation to be a career option in engineering education. He claims federal funding is available for these programs.
“The industry can’t wait two years for a high school to figure this out on its own. We need to keep these programs running,” Dein says.
Senior Isabela Sotelo wants to encourage young girls to consider truck driving a career.
Sotelo said, “I think I learned to appreciate.” “You don’t realize how critical you need truck drivers until there’s a shortage.”