Halvor Lines launches truck driving school to help get more drivers on the road

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The workforce shortage is impacting everyone. And a change in federal law now says you can’t drive a truck without going to school first.

That’s why Halvor Lines, which is headquartered in Superior, has started their own truck driving school. It’s called Halvor Gold CDL Training. About 350 people have graduated so far, since it began in 2020.

There’s four weeks of driver’s school, then the CDL test, and four weeks of on the road training.

Halvor pays the students $1000 each week, which makes a huge difference to them.

For students like Tony Conway and Gwyneth Keeling, they also get a hotel room and food covered as well. They flew up from Georgia for the course.

“It’s a family owned business. So the first day I was here, I felt like I was part of the family,” Keeling shared. “And the paid training is definitely a help.”

Keeling drove for the U.S. Postal Service, but wants to travel more.

For Conway, he was a teacher for eight years. “I decided I needed something different. And the trucks are so cool now.”

He too, feels like Halvor treats them very well. “They make you comfortable. That’s that counts. And when you leave your comfort zone, you know, it matters to me.”

Instructors like Dawn Holcombe are happy to share their love of the road.

“I can share my experiences with these guys. And when they have that, Aha! moment, they’re like, Oh my God! And the excitement on their faces, it’s so awesome.”

There is also a Halvor Gold program down in Inver Grove Heights.

For more information: https://www.halvorlines.com/training