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Next Generation in Trucking Association, Inc.

The growing driver and logistics shortage is reaching a crisis level, and Next Generation in Trucking Association, Inc. is finding a solution to keep the country moving. Founded in 2020, in part by ATS, the Next Generation in Trucking Association is a non-profit trade association with the mission to promote trucking as a positive career field; create programs that encourage CDL and Diesel Technician training of our nation’s youth; and connect them to training and employment opportunities. The organization’s volunteer leadership consists of industry professionals who are passionate about trucking, career technical education, and providing our emerging workforce with a pathway to well-paying and rewarding careers. Membership consists of industry stakeholders who share our mission: students, teachers, schools, business professionals, partners, and sponsors.

Next Generation in Trucking Association is working on providing scholarships for students needing help to get their CDL. In reaching out to high school students who are looking for a good paying career straight out of high school instead of wanting to go to college and worry about if there will be jobs in their field and how much debt they will owe when they graduate. For many, the idea of a career paying $50k out of high school after vocational training that takes less than 3 months, and in some cases, about a month, is much more appealing than 4 years of college with tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt afterwards.

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Patterson High School was the first full high school based logistics program in the country. With Next Generation In Trucking, they are becoming a model for many other high schools are looking to when creating their own programs. The simulators featured in this story are FleetMaster™ which were installed in 2017 and have helped train many students.

Rebecca Hudson speaks with NewsNation Morning In America about a proposed change in regulations of drivers 18-20 years old could help ease the supply chain issues.

Patterson High School is using ATS simulators to help train students and starting them on a career path of driving a truck. The students can help with the national shortage of drivers and the supply chain crisis.

Dave Dein speaks about the now five year old Patterson High program of teaching high school seniors on truck driving, amid the truck driver shortage.

Dave Dein discusses the Patterson High School program that helps train 18 year olds in the trucking industry, from warehouse to driving trucks. The program opens a new path for high school students by offering a trade program for those who are not wanting to go to college, while helping to solve the truck driver shortage.

Founded in part by ATS, Patterson High School shows how valuable introducing students to the field of truck can be for the shortage. Dave Dein talks about how to introduce other high schools into the Next Generation in Trucking Association to train students at other high schools, and introduce them to a career in driving.

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