Schneider Donates Trucks to Hawkeye

posted on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 in  College News

With the professional truck driver shortage continuing to exceed critical numbers, Schneider (NYSE: SNDR) is leading the effort to curtail the scarcity by donating two gently used, late model trucks to Hawkeye Community College.

Schneider, the premier provider of trucking, logistics and intermodal services, is providing Freightliner Cascadia ® units that include some of the trucking industry’s most advanced technologies and automated manual transmissions. Driver training time is significantly more efficient when using an automated manual transmission because it allows trainers to focus on maneuverability and awareness, rather than gear changing.

“In addition to hiring many experienced drivers across the country for the many types of positions we offer, Schneider also recruits graduates from CDL driver training programs,” said Rob Reich, EVP and Chief Administrative Officer at Schneider. “We know that many driving training programs have limited resources and we want the next generation of professional drivers to train in the best trucks in the business as they embark on new careers.”

“Hawkeye Community College is very grateful for the generous donation from Schneider,” said Celeste Turner, Manager of the Regional Transportation Training Center at Hawkeye Community College. “Our goal is to train safe, confident and effective drivers – this truck will allow us to do that. Thank you to Schneider for helping us develop future drivers.”

With these donations, Schneider also expects to attract more candidates among individuals that previously may not have considered a professional truck driving career.

“Women and younger adults are an emerging driver pool and we believe technologies like automated manual transmissions, safety and connectivity will attract a more diverse audience to the trucking industry,” said Reich. “Learning on modern equipment spec’d with some of the latest technologies and creature comforts helps attract new candidates and allows them to adjust more quickly to the new trucks operating within our fleet.”

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