At Western Pacific Truck School of Oregon (hereafter referred to as Western Pacific) we recognize that persons who decide to attend a trade and technical school are making career choices that may affect them for the rest of their lives. We believe it is important to let prospective students know that truck driving – as with any other career – has its pros and cons. The trucking industry is experiencing a driver shortage that's expected to become even more critical during the 2000's. Experienced drivers can earn a good salary. There is a high demand for professional truck drivers who qualify under the Commercial Driver's License program. On the other hand, truck driving may not be the career of choice for someone who doesn't want to be away from home for long periods of time or who just prefers more structured work hours.
Western Pacific Truck School students enjoy a lifetime 96% employment rate. We will not enroll anyone who can not be placed in the job market.
Pay rates and potential earnings vary considerably. In long-haul operations, drivers are usually paid a specified rate per mile, but may also be paid by the hour, or receive a percentage of the revenue the motor carrier receives for the load hauled. Long-haul drivers are expected to drive more than 100,000 miles per year. The average starting salary of a first year driver is $42,000 per year, according to A. T. A.
Western Pacific Truck School (formerly Western Truck School) was opened in West Sacramento, California in June of 1977 by Everett and Greta Nord with the goal of training men and women to become professional truck drivers.
In 1989, the ownership was divided and Nordic Enterprises, Inc. was established by Greta Nord. The first schools operating under Nordic Enterprises were Modesto and Fresno, California and Tualatin, Oregon. Since then, campuses in Stockton and Sacramento, California, and Tacoma (Lakewood) and Seattle (Kenmore), Washington have been added. The ownership of the Portland, Oregon school was transferred to Mr. Willy Eriksen, (Vice President of Nordic Enterprises) in July 2000.
The Portland, Oregon Campus was established in Tualatin in April 1988. In November 2000, we relocated to 10643 NE Simpson Street in Portland. In October 2005, we relocated to 13691 N. E. Whitaker Way in Portland. In June 2002, we opened a location at 1839 First Avenue, Longview, Washington. In September 2005, we opened our 3rd location at 1709 Van Wormer Street #4, Centralia, Washington. On November 1, 2009, we open the Olympia location at 2747 Pacific Avenue SE, Suite A-9 in Washington.