DOBSON — Graduates of Surry Community College’s new Truck Driver Training Program were recently recognized in a recent graduation ceremony at The Yadkin Center.
Fifteen students received certificates for completing the nine-week program that is a collaborative effort between SCC and Caldwell Community College. Roger Chester, truck driver training director, welcomed the audience and introduced guest speaker Daren Cave of Hardy Brothers.
“We are huge fans of Surry Community College’s Truck Driver Training Program and feel strongly about the quality of the curriculum and the caliber of the trainers and administrators involved,” said Cave, who is the safety director at Hardy Brothers, a 50-year-old company based in Siloam.
“Overall the trucking industry has a great need for drivers and to have a program this close to home will be a great resource to Hardy Brothers. We are very excited about the future and plan to make some donations to the program soon. We want to be good partners of this program and look forward to its continued success,” he said.
Certificates were awarded to the following graduates: Robert Bowman of Pilot Mountain; Judy Coe, Mark Collins, Randy Holt and Jason Sapp of Mount Airy; John Combs of Ronda; Drake Groce and Mark Sparks of Jonesville; Randall Henry of Winston-Salem; Leonard Lamothe Jr. of Millers Creek; Travis Lineberry of Boonville; Kenneth Marion of Ararat; Sandra Martin of North Wilkesboro; and Stephen Potts and Danny Turner of Hamptonville.
Four additional Truck Driving Training classes have been planned with orientation dates set on Sept. 18, Nov. 20, Feb. 17, and April 28. Classes will start on Oct. 14, Jan. 7, March 17, and May 27. Classes are held Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“There are currently job openings for truck drivers locally and nationally. We developed this program as a direct response to the requests from local truck driving representatives who need skilled applicants to fill job vacancies,” said SCC President Dr. David Shockley.
With a shortage of up to 15,000 truck drivers in North Carolina and as many as 200,000 nationally, officials predict CDL certified drivers will easily be able to find jobs. The U.S. Department of Labor says the profession is expected to keep growing by 11 percent from 2012 to 2022.
This new program s a revamp of a truck driving program that SCC used to have through a private company, the college said. SCC is offering the program at The Yadkin Center.
“Since we were able to offer this new truck driving program through a partnership with Caldwell Community College, we are able to charge community college tuition instead of the class fees being set by a private vendor,” Shockley said.
Tuition for North Carolina residents is $1,882 whereas fees through a private vendor could be up to $3,500, according to the college.
Median pay for truck drivers is $38,200 per year, according to the United States Department of Labor. Drivers with experience can make more than $50,000.
For more information about SCC’s Truck Driver Training program, persons may contact Dr. Wayne Matthews at 336- 386-3584 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Interested persons may view pictures of the graduation or training at www.facebook.com/surrycommunitycollege.