Baker College to create truck driver jobs

Baker College made the announcement this week that it is partnering with a West Michigan transportation company to create truck driver jobs.

The company will focus on certifying people to drive trucks for future jobs.

Baker is a private, nonprofit career college with campuses throughout Michigan.

It plans on partnering with Anthony Luurtsema Truck Lines to open a truck driving training facility in Zeeland.

There is a shortage of truck drivers nationwide, and this school hopes to plug this gap.

The program will take about 20 weeks to complete. It will be housed in a 200,000-square-foot warehouse owned by Luurtsema in Zeeland.

According to MLive, the idea for the partnership started in 2010, when Ross Luurtsema, owner of the trucking company, came to Baker