Following the railroad presentation, Amy Lasack, senior director of Corporate Training for Kirkwood Community College, sat down with attendees for a Q&A session on Iowa’s trucking industry, which too faces challenges and opportunities.
The biggest challenge by far, she said, is a massive shortage of drivers.
Lasack said the shortage has been caused by a mix issues, including a growing need for drivers driven by e-commerce, increased retirement among older drivers and a lack of young individuals interested in entering the field. The average student in Kirkwood’s program is in their mid-40s.
“It’s kind of been a perfect storm,” she said.
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