Dot Foods and Dot Transportation announce the expansion of their new 'Earn While You Learn' pilot program. Under Earn While You Learn, the company pays new drivers to attend professional driving school.

Due to the company's growth, DTI is looking to hire up to 50 truck drivers to be based out of their Cambridge City, Indiana, distribution center. The cost for truck driving school is approximately $5,000, and under this new program, students will receive a weekly salary of $500 while attending.   

"This is the first program of its kind within our company," said Becky Reynolds, assistant transportation manager at DTI in Cambridge City. "We are not only paying for our new employees to obtain their truck driver's license, but we are also giving them a salary in the interim without a commitment or contract."

When completed, a driver will receive their Class-A CDL license and hazmat endorsements at SAGE at Ivy Tech Community College in Muncie, Indiana, and they would then come to DTI for further training to be qualified as a DTI driver. Employees will receive $500 per week until they are fully qualified.

To qualify, drivers must apply online and live within 50-75 miles of the DTI Cambridge City facility, which includes the areas of Connersville, Richmond, Portland, Muncie, Anderson, Brookville, Hartford City, Winchester, Rushville and Liberty. Later this year, Dot Foods is looking to expand this program to Indianapolis.

Jeff Logan from Connersville became the pilot program's first graduate in November 2014. Logan sought to enter the trucking industry because it would allow him to work independently and make more money. He was only able to achieve this successful career change because the program provided a weekly salary to help support his family while he secured his truck-driving license. 

"Dot Foods has an excellent reputation, and this program enabled me to pursue this career path," said Logan. "In addition, the company offers excellent benefits, so this has been one of the best decisions I ever made."

The trucking industry as a whole has experienced significant growth, even during the economic downturn, and Dot Transportation also continues to grow. The American Transportation Association says the trucking industry is experiencing a driver shortage of about 35,000 drivers. That number is projected to grow to around 200,000 drivers by 2020; 240,000 by 2024. DTI is responding with driver-friendly schedules that result in an average of 48 hours of home time per week. In addition, the company's drivers are among the highest-paid in the industry and can boost their earnings even more through productivity incentives such as experience pay and hook pay.

"As our business continues to grow, so does our need to hire drivers," said Reynolds. "These openings represent a great opportunity for consistent miles each week. For drivers looking to maximize their earnings potential, this is a great option that provides the security of a high-demand field in which both men and women can thrive."

All full-time positions at Dot Foods and DTI include excellent employee benefits, performance bonuses, profit sharing, 401(k) program, paid vacation, competitive wages and more. The company, founded in 1960 in Mt. Sterling, Illinois, has never had a layoff in its 55-year history. 

Truck driver positions are posted on Applicants should select Indiana Student Customer Delivery Specialist (touch freight) or Indiana Student Transfer Drive (no-touch freight). Candidates interested in learning more about positions at the Cambridge City facility can also call the office toll-free at 888.735.0411. Applications for employment at the Cambridge City facility must be submitted online.