Yellow Corporation is adding two new driving academies to its stable of 14 schools to train people seeking their CDL.
The new academies are located in Marietta, Georgia, and Cincinnati, two of the nation’s top transportation hubs. The company said it plans to open additional locations in 2022.
Students enrolled in the academies are provided classroom training combined with hands-on, behind-the-wheel instruction. The program is tuition-free for all participants. At the completion of their instruction, trainees sit for the commercial driver’s license test and, upon passage, complete their initial apprenticeship training with veteran Yellow drivers. When all driving qualifications are met, graduates will join Yellow’s team of 14,000 professional drivers.
Yellow’s driving academies are owned and operated by the company. Yellow said in a statement the two new CDL schools would be staffed by Its "longest-serving, most experienced driving professionals (to) provide student instruction and peer-to-peer mentorship."
Yellow said its driving academies are certified as Department of Labor apprenticeship programs.
“We’re pleased to offer additional driver training locations. Our goal is to train 1,000 new drivers through our academies this year,” said Darren Hawkins, Yellow Chief Executive Officer. “Our drivers are top shelf and trained by the best.
“Everything we teach emphasizes safety: safety of our drivers, colleagues, customers and the driving public. That remains our top priority."
With the addition of the two new locations, Yellow has 16 driving academies nationwide: Atlanta/Marietta Georgia; Charlotte North Carolina; Chicago; Cincinnati; Cleveland; Denver; Fort Worth Texas; Hagerstown Maryland; Indianapolis; Kansas City, Kansas; Memphis Tennessee; Nashville; Pico Rivera, California; Portland Oregon; Salt Lake City; and South Bend Indiana.
Yellow is headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas.