(PRESS RELEASE) Blinn College is inviting those interested in a truck driving career to attend an open house at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, at 5503 Raymond Stotzer Parkway in College Station.
Officials from Blinn and Elite Trucking will describe the course prerequisites, curriculum, schedule and financing options.
Enrollees must be 18 years or older (21 for interstate certification). The 200-hour program takes five weeks to complete, with classes running from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Each student will receive actual street driving experience. During the last week of training, students will take the commercial driver’s license (CDL) road exam at the Department of Public Safety.
Students learn proficiency at performing pre-trip, on-the-road and post-trip vehicle and equipment inspections, as well as map reading, log books, cargo documentation, dispatch procedures, emergency responsibilities and regulations of transportation agencies. Students also learn road safety guidelines as well as specific laws and penalties applicable to professional drivers.
“There is a huge demand for interstate drivers, and this course prepares students for exactly that,” said Megan Costanza, dean of Workforce Education. “Businesses throughout the nation, including local companies, are looking for drivers with this training because there simply aren’t enough to meet the growing demand.”
Tuition and fees total $4,150, and include a Department of Transportation physical, drug screen and CDL license fee.
The American Trucking Association estimates the industry is now short 30,000 drivers as federal regulations have cut the time drivers can spend behind the wheel.
For more information, call 979-209-7205 or visit: . www.blinn.edu/workforce
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