MPTC And Kreilkamp Trucking Create Truck Driving Academy

(Beaver Dam) Moraine Park Technical College and Kreilkamp Trucking have combined efforts to create a truck driving academy. The college and the Allenton based company have started the Wisconsin Regional Truck Driving Academy which officials say is a unique opportunity to help respond to worker shortages.

Members of both Moraine Park and Kreilkamp have worked together to explore how to fill positions feasibly. The needs revolved around the challenging process of obtaining a commercial driver’s license; access to a semi is required to take the road test. Additionally, many driving schools charge $5,000 or more upfront for the training. For individuals starting in the industry, this is a significant expense and, in many cases, an unaffordable option.

Officials say Kreilkamp had the tools and space for classrooms and driving, and Moraine Park had educational resources. Together, the Wisconsin Regional Truck Driving Academy was created. The Wisconsin Regional Truck Driving Academy is an eight-week program taught by two Moraine Park instructors. Cohorts will run every eight weeks, with 12-15 students in each session. Those interested must be 18 or older, have a good driving record and be able to pass both a drug test and a Department of Transportation physical.

Individuals accepted into the program become employees of Kreilkamp. Lodging, transportation, and meals are paid for during the program, and participants earn a wage while they complete the training.  The overall goal is to create 72 skilled truck drivers each year, and future goals revolve around developing further partnerships for even more growth.

For more information on the Wisconsin Regional Truck Driving Academy, call 262-629-5000 ext. 3028 or 3036.