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VC purchases new tanker for Truck Driving Program

May 18, 2014 at 12:18 a.m.

Victoria College purchased a tanker that will be used to expand training for students enrolled in the Truck Driving Program.

There's a new big rig in town, and it needs drivers.

Victoria College's Workforce and Continuing Education Department recently received incentive funds from the Texas Workforce Commission based on VC's performance on training projects.

These funds allowed the college to purchase a tanker that will be used to expand training for students enrolled in the Truck Driving Program.

"Many of our commercial truck driving students go directly into the oil-field industry upon completion of their training," said Sherri Pall, VC Workforce and Continuing Education director. "The tanker will allow our students to feel the slosh and surge when hauling liquids, which will make them much safer drivers."

Pall said applications are now being accepted for VC's next commercial truck driving course, which begins June 16.

Students are required to have a valid Texas driver's license and complete a Department of Transportation physical examination and drug and alcohol screening.

During the seven-week course, students will experience classroom and behind-the-wheel driving activities. The coursework includes:• Public, street and highway driving

• Emphasis on safety, rules, regulations and driving techniques

• Opportunities to meet with recruiters from the trucking industry

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be eligible to take the commercial driver's license written and driving examinations at the Texas Department of Public Safety. Graduates of the course will be eligible for entry-level employment in the trucking industry.

In the Golden Crescent region, truck drivers earn an average of $15.90 per hour or $33,000 per year.

For more information or to enroll, contact Mary Pullin at 361-485-6830.



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