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Women Increasingly Are Behind The Wheel Of Big Rigs

Heartland Community College truck driving training student Holli Hays at the wheel.    (photo courtesy of WGLT/Jeff Smudde)

Heartland Community College truck driving training student Holli Hays at the wheel.
(photo courtesy of WGLT/Jeff Smudde)

This week in our look at stories from around the state. The American Trucking Association estimates the industry is short at least 50,000 drivers nationwide, and that number could triple by 2024. This presents an opportunity for people with only a high school diploma who are willing to invest a few months of training. About six percent of American truck drivers are female. A number of central Illinois women are taking advantage of the opportunity. Illinois Public Radio’s Jon Norton has the story

Heartland Community College truck driver training students Daun Greif, Sevin Headley and Holli Hays.    (photo courtesy of WGLT/Jeff Smudde)

Heartland Community College truck driver training students Daun Greif, Sevin Headley and Holli Hays.
(photo courtesy of WGLT/Jeff Smudde)