VC offers commercial truck driving classes

Dec. 16, 2012 at 6:16 a.m.

Beginning Jan. 14, Victoria College's Workforce and Continuing Education Department will offer a commercial truck driving course.

It will be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday for seven weeks.

Due to the increased activity in the Eagle Ford Shale and the expansion of the area oil and gas industry, demand for truck drivers has increased significantly throughout the Golden Crescent region.

"Truck drivers are in such high demand right now," said Sherri Pall, director of VC's Workforce and Continuing Education Department. "We continue to see a shortage of CDL drivers across all industries."

The Truck Driving Program at VC provides training for entry-level employment, and students who complete the training and obtain a commercial truck driver's license are likely to find employment immediately.

The program combines classroom instruction along with behind-the-wheel driving range activities, including public, street and highway driving along with safety, rules, regulations and techniques. Upon successful course completion, students are eligible to take the commercial driver license written and driving examinations at the Department of Public Safety. These exams are included as class activities.

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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