Recession-Proof Jobs Available at Student Transportation of America

Recession-Proof Jobs Available at Student Transportation of America

WALL, N.J.  – Beginning next week, Student Transportation of America, Ltd. (STA), (TSX: STB), one of North America’s fastest growing school transportation providers, will hold an online job fair to fill school bus driver positions now available in California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Ontario, Canada.

The online event, which begins Sunday, February 1 and continues through Sunday, February 22, 2009, is part of the company’s strategic plan for continued growth in the $15 billion school transportation industry.  STA has more than 6,000 employees and currently operates more than 5,600 school vehicles transporting students to and from school safely and on time each day.

Interested candidates may visit the company’s website at for information, job qualifications and an online application. The company’s human resources team will contact candidates to arrange interviews at local STA terminals. The need for drivers is especially great at the following locations:

  • Danbury, CT

  • Coraopolis, PA

  • Epsom, NH

  • Lakewood, NJ

  • Santa Barbara, CA

  • San Jose, CA

  • Los Angeles, CA

“Kids have to go to school despite the ups and downs of the economy,” said Dina Cooper, STA director of recruiting. “Budget deficits are prompting many more school districts to consider the benefits of contracted student transportation and we’re expecting to win a record number of new business bids in the coming months. This growth is driving our need for additional employees. Job cuts at other transportation businesses mean the pool of qualified drivers and mechanics has grown and we’re looking forward to welcoming these well-qualified men and women to our growing team.”

The STA family of local companies offers a professional work environment, flexible schedules, competitive wages, group medical plans and outstanding opportunities for growth and promotion.

School bus drivers transport children to and from school each day on established routes. Additional extracurricular runs (sports and field trips) and charter work also may be available. Typical runs are during morning and afternoons and average 20 to 30 hours per week

“We’re looking for people who enjoy making a difference in children’s lives, “said Cooper.  “This is a great job for Moms who want to have the same schedules as their school-aged children, retirees and college students looking for extra income.”

Job requirements include a clean driving record and the ability to pass a Department of Transportation physical, a pre-employment drug test and a criminal background check. Experienced bus drivers with Commercial Driver’s Licenses (CDL) with P and S endorsements are preferred, but free training will be provided for good drivers without school bus experience. STA’s training program includes classroom and behind-the-wheel instruction to prepare candidates for CDL written and road examinations.

In addition to job openings at local terminals, STA continues to fill key positions on its regional and national management teams to keep pace with growth that has exceeded 20 percent over the past 10 years. Transportation professionals interested in management positions also may apply online at, email their resumes to

or call 732-280-4200.

About Student Transportation

Founded in 1997, Student Transportation is the fourth-largest provider of school bus transportation services in North America, conducting operations through local operating subsidiaries. Student Transportation has become a leading school bus transportation company by aggregating operations through the consolidation of existing providers and conversion of in-house operations and currently operates more than 5,600 school vehicles in North America. For more information, please visit

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of applicable securities laws, which reflects the expectations of management regarding STA’s results of operations, expense levels, cost of capital, financial leverage, seasonality, cash flows, performance, liquidity, borrowing availability, financial ratios, ability to execute the STA’s growth strategy and cash distributions. Forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “may”, “will”, “expect”, “intend”, “track”, “targeted”, “estimate”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “should”, “plans” or “continue” or similar expressions suggesting future outcomes or events. These forward looking statements reflect STA’s current expectations regarding anticipated future events, results, circumstances, performance or expectations, which are not historical facts. Forward looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties, and should not be read as guarantees of future performance or results, and will not necessarily be accurate indications of whether or not or the times at which or by the performance or results will be achieved. A number of factors could cause our actual results to differ materially from the results discussed, expressed or implied in any forward-looking statement made by us or on our behalf, including, but not limited to the factors discussed under “Risk Factors” in our Annual Information Form. These forward looking statements are made as of the date of this news release and, except as required by applicable law, we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


Student Transportation of America Ltd.

Denis J. Gallagher

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Patrick J. Walker

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Keith P. Engelbert

Director of Investor Relations

(732) 280-4200