Crystal Kennedy, General Manager CDS Tractor Trailer Training, said, "If we don't have the drivers to move it, America stops, to put it quite simply."
The American Trucking Association says the industry is short about 50 thousand drivers. As the economy keeps growing, the demand for drivers will, too.
"The old saying goes, if it comes to your house it was delivered by a truck at some point,” she said.
CDS Tractor Trailer Training been partnering with Virginia Western for about four years. Kennedy says baby boomers retiring, the government restricting driving hours and a demanding schedule play a part in the shortage.
"This isn't the most glamorous career, but it is probably one of the steadiest careers out there,” Kennedy said.
This year, they're on track to graduate about 300 people from their five week school.
Jamie Crotts, who took classes here, said, "With this change, I'll always have the opportunity to work somewhere."
He just got his license this week and he'll be starting his new job next Monday.
"I'm very excited about it and look forward to the opportunity,” he said.
The governor recently pledged 20 million dollars over the next two years to get more people in programs like this.
It would pay for two thirds tuition for eligible career and technical programs.