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Donation of semi to Riverland Community College hopes to help future of trucking industry

Not only is there a shortage of people to drive the trucks, but also people to fix the trucks.

Posted: Nov. 5, 2018 5:52 PM
Updated: Nov. 5, 2018 5:59 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. – A donation of a semi-truck is hoping to help the future of the trucking industry.

Nuss Truck & Equipment donated a diesel semi-trailer truck to the diesel technology program at Riverland Community College.

Bob Nuss is the president of the company and said it’s an investment in the future.

“These technology programs are jobs that support the trucking industry that moves America,” Nuss said, “and they need around the clock support and service.”

The trucking industry is struggling to get workers, a lack of people behind the wheel as well as under the hood working on the trucks.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 75,000 new mechanics will be needed to meet additional demand by 2022.

Jaydon Weigel is one of the students a part of the diesel technology program.

“Everybody wants to go to school to be like lawyer or a doctor. Nobody really wants to get their hands dirty anymore,” Weigel said. “I enjoy getting my hands dirty. I enjoy working on things so it's just a good fit for me.”

Michael Bute is the instructor of the program at Riverland and said it’s a program that’s always looking for new students.

“The trucking industry is pretty much the backbone of the economy,” Bute said, “so it's jobs that aren't outsourced. They stay right here and they're good jobs.”

Riverland Community College, as well as North Iowa Area Community College have diesel technology and truck driving programs.

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