Colorado truck driver shortage a challenge for the industry, opportunity for immigrants |

Colorado truck driver shortage a challenge for the industry, opportunity for immigrants

The U.S. and Colorado are facing a truck driver shortage, a daunting economic prospect as the vast majority of goods in the country are transported over the road.

But even as the pool for licensed commercial drivers is drying up, wages have steadily increased. Companies have upped both pay and benefits as a way to entice workers into the industry with varying degrees of success. The income increase has helped drivers but could lead to price bumps for many everyday consumer goods.

Mike Euglow, the CEO and owner of Commercial Vehicle Training Center in Watkins, said there are rewards for those willing to put in the hours and the work. But that’s not always an attractive sale for the average Joe.

Stepping into that void now are more immigrants and refugees. Many of the students at Euglow’s training center, which is east of Denver on Interstate 70, are East African and Afghan.

“It is a hard life,” Euglow said. “You really can’t get a lot of Americans to drive long haul anymore.”

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