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Workforce Solutions Brazos Valley, Blinn College District invite job seekers to attend trucking career fair on Nov. 13

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers earn a median salary of $47,130 per year

October 25, 2021

Workforce Solutions Brazos Valley, the RELLIS Academic Alliance, and the Blinn College District are partnering to host a trucking career fair Saturday, Nov. 13, at the Agriculture and Workforce Education Complex on the RELLIS Campus.

The career fair will run from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and will feature 15 trucking companies from across the region. Truck drivers are in high demand across the nation, and job seekers can interview with trucking companies at the career fair and register for training through Blinn’s Truck Driving Program. Trucks and a driving simulator also will be on hand to allow future drivers to get a feel for the equipment and profession.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers earn a median salary of $47,130 per year and the highest 10% earn more than $69,480 annually. Nationwide, the American Trucking Associations say the industry is experiencing a shortage of approximately 80,000 drivers.

“Some of the best commercial driving jobs in the nation are anchored in the Brazos Valley, namely agriculture and infrastructure development, which almost always offer home-every-day roles,” said Western Dairy Transport CEO Dave Shelton. “The demand for commercial vehicle operators in the Brazos Valley is nearly inelastic and the future for a highly trained workforce to serve the growing needs of our region in commercial transportation surpasses that of all professional trades put together.”

Blinn partners with the Reveille Commercial-Driver Training Academy (RCTA) to provide truck driving training. Recent RCTA graduates have transported Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band equipment to Denver for Texas A&M University’s football game against the University of Colorado and Tarleton State University football equipment to St. George, Utah, for its football game against Dixie State University.

“Truck drivers are critical and essential to the infrastructure of our community,” said Karla Flanagan, Dean of the Division of Technical and Community Education. “Because of their invaluable service and an increased demand for skilled drivers due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most of our graduates complete our focused, six-week program with jobs already lined up.”

Blinn’s Truck Driving Program includes classroom instruction, simulation, and experience driving on public roads and highways. Other skills include map reading, managing logbooks and cargo documentation, dispatch procedures, emergency responsibilities, and regulations of transportation agencies.

Students study road safety guidelines and specific laws applicable to professional drivers. At the conclusion of the program, instructors accompany students to the CDL testing facility.

Blinn’s six-week program is $5,500, and students can receive up to $2,500 through a Duddlesten Scholarship that supports students pursuing high-demand trade occupations. Additional scholarships and sponsorships may be available. For more information, visit www.blinn.edu/truck-driving or email truck-driving@blinn.edu.

For more information regarding the trucking career fair and Workforce services, contact Workforce Solutions Brazos Valley at 979-595-2800. This is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Deaf, hard-of-hearing, and speech-impaired customers may contact Relay Texas at 800-735-2989 (TTY) and 711 (voice).

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