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Prospective students invited to attend info sessions for professional truck driving certification

Course a partnership between Blinn College, Workforce Solutions and Community Action

July 1, 2016

Blinn College will partner with Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area and Community Action to offer a professional truck driving certification course beginning Sept. 12.

Prospective students must attend one of two orientations taking place at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 13, and Wednesday, July 27, at the Workforce Solutions office (811 E. Travis, La Grange). Orientation attendees should bring a current driver’s license and social security card, and men should bring proof of selective service registration.

Enrollees must be 18 years or older (21 for interstate certification), pass a Department of Transportation physical and a drug screen, and be able to read and write in English. 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.

In the program, students learn safety and compliance; vehicle systems; shifting, backing, coupling and uncoupling; communication; speed and space management; hazard recognition; emergency maneuvers, maintenance; cargo handling; regulations, trip planning; and customer relations. Students also learn road safety guidelines as well as specific laws and penalties applicable to professional drivers.

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. Upon completion, the program will help graduates find employment.

For more information, contact Madene Guyton at 979-542-1740, ext. 2211, or Stephanie Scott at 512-303-3916, ext. 2011.