RTS Job Fair
Students at Santa Fe College will pay more per credit hour next year.
On Thursday Governor Rick Scott signed Senate Bill 2150 into law, allowing Santa Fe College in Gainesville to charge students a transportation fee.
The fee will provide students with unlimited bus rides to and from the campus. According to RTS, this means 20,000 extra hours of bus service, and the need for 30 new drivers.
To fill those positions, on Tuesday RTS held a job fair at the Santa Fe campus in downtown Gainesville.
"We were expecting to have at least 100 applicants, and we've exceeded our expectations," said Chip Skinner, RTS marketing supervisor an hour into the fair.
"Our drivers that we constantly get complaints will know now, there are people out there hungry and looking for their jobs," he said.
In total, over 150 people applied for the bus driver position, taking an hour long test at the fair.
"The written test normally weeds out a quarter to a third of the applicants," he said.
Skinner says in the coming weeks, around 40 applicants will be getting a call for an in-person interview.
Skinner says the new drivers will not take away the overtime current drivers are getting.
"With people getting sick, also taking vacation there will still be overtime availability for our current employees," he said.
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