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First Student Hiring 5,000 in Preparation for School Year
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First Student Hiring 5,000 in Preparation for School Year

July 19, 2016

CINCINNATI — It may be the middle of summer, but First Student is well into planning for the upcoming school year. First Student plans to hire 5,000 school-bus drivers for the 2016-2017 year.

Interested candidates can apply at Positions are available throughout the United States and Canada.

“We’re looking for friendly, responsible, hard-working individuals to join our team,” said First Student President Dennis R. Maple. “Every school day, our drivers have the opportunity to directly impact a young person’s life. This is a special and unique opportunity. We train our drivers to be highly skilled not only in the technical aspects of operating a bus, but also the interpersonal aspects of engaging with students in a way that creates a positive experience.”

Every day, more than 57,000 First Student drivers, monitors, technicians and staff strive to provide the best start and finish to the school day for millions of students. First Student moves more passengers per day than all domestic airlines combined.

Prospective drivers must be at least 21 years of age; be able to pass all background checks and drug screens; have at least three years of driving experience; and possess a valid state driver’s license.

First Student offers drivers:

  • Assistance in earning a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)
  • Opportunities for additional hours
  • Flexible hours
  • Competitive hourly wages

First Student seeks candidates from all backgrounds and is committed to a diverse workforce.

First Student received a Certified Age Friendly Employer Certification™ from The company received the designation for being committed to considering job seekers 50 and over for employment, free of age bias or discrimination.

Information about hiring events, available positions and how to apply is available at

About First Student, Inc. As the leading school transportation solutions provider in North America, First Student strives to provide the best start and finish to every school day. First Student completes six million student journeys each day, moving more passengers than all U.S. airlines combined. With a team of highly-trained drivers and the industry’s strongest safety record, First Student delivers reliable, quality services including full-service transportation and management, special-needs transportation, route optimization and scheduling, and charter services for 1,300 school district contracts. For more information, please visit