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VC offers commercial truck driving classes

Sept. 8, 2012 at 4:08 a.m.

Victoria College truck driving students get hands-on practice driving on a closed course near Victoria Airport.

In response to the continuing increase in demand for truck drivers, Victoria College's Workforce and Continuing Education Department is offering two truck driving courses.

An evening commercial truck driving course begins Sept. 17. and will meet from 6 to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday. The course takes about 10 to 12 weeks to complete.

A day class will begin on Oct. 29, and runs from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursdays. The day class takes about six to eight weeks to complete.

The demand for truck drivers has intensified throughout the Golden Crescent region due to the growing activity in the Eagle Ford Shale.

Students who complete the training and obtain a commercial driver's license are likely to find employment immediately.

"Truck drivers are in such high demand right now," said Sherri Pall, director of VC's Workforce and Continuing Education Department. "We have company recruiters coming into our classes on the first day to provide information on employment opportunities. The majority of our students will have multiple job offers before they complete the course."

Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to take the commercial driver's license written and driving examinations at the Department of Public Safety. These exams are included as class activities.

"Our program combines classroom instruction and behind-the-wheel driving range activities," said truck driving instructor Clyde Revelle. "This includes public street and highway driving along with safety, rules, regulations and techniques."

Admission requirements include a valid Texas driver's license, successful completion of a Department of Transportation physical examination, and drug and alcohol screening. Tuition assistance may be available.



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