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September 6, 2013

Blinn set to begin truck driver school

College opens training for commercial driver’s license

Blinn College’s Workforce Education Division is about to give new meaning to the term “student driver.”

Blinn kicks off its new truck driving school on Sept. 16, a 200-hour program in which students earn a commercial driver’s license (CDL). Applicants must be 21 years or older and must make an appointment for information about admission requirements prior to course registration.

The program takes four weeks to complete, with a new class being offered each month. During the last week of training, students will take the CDL road exam at the Department of Public Safety.

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.

“There is a great demand for interstate or ‘over-the-road’ drivers, and our drivers prepare for both local and long-haul trucking,” said Brian Burk, Blinn’s director of Workforce Education. “This will also help local businesses who need drivers on demand.”

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.

For more information, call 979-209-7205 or visit: www.blinn.edu/workforce.