DOBSON — Surry Community College recently received an endowment grant for $1,250 from the Trucking Industry Defense Association.
The grant was presented to Dr. David Shockley, SCC president, by TIDA board member Kevin Chignell.
Dr. Wayne Matthews, Yadkin Center director; Dr. George Sappenfield, SCC vice president of corporate and continuing education; and Charles Jester, truck driver training instructor, were also present to receive the check.
TIDA presents endowment grants to organizations that align with its mission to “promote risk management, operational economies, and the reduction of costs associated with accidents, claims and lawsuits.”
Matthews, who oversees the Truck Driver Training program, expressed his gratitude for the contribution.
“I greatly appreciate TIDA’s recognition and support of our truck driving program,” he said. “In line with TIDA’s mission statement, SCC stresses to its students the importance of safe driving practices to reduce accidents which in turn decreases industry costs.”
Surry’s Truck Driver Training program teaches proper driving procedures, safe driver responsibility, commercial motor vehicle laws and regulations, and the basic principles and practices for operating commercial vehicles, according to the school. The coursework includes motor vehicle laws and regulations, map reading, vehicle maintenance, safety procedures, daily logs, defensive driving, freight handling, security and fire protection.
Highway driving training exercises and classroom lectures are used to develop the students’ knowledge and skills. Graduates are qualified to take the Commercial Driver’s License Test and are employable by commercial trucking firms. They may also become owner-operators and work as private contract haulers.
Admission requirements include official driving record, physical examination, reading placement test score of 40 or higher, disclosure form, high school transcript, and drug testing.
For more information about SCC’s Truck Driver Training Program or to register for the upcoming class, contact Wayne Matthews at (336) 386-3584 or firstname.lastname@example.org.