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PDCCC sets trucker training

Paul D. Camp Community College is making it more convenient for those who want to receive training in order to work as a truck driver.

“We have begun a new partnership with Shipper’s Choice to deliver all of the truck driver classroom training at our Hobbs Suffolk Campus, and the driving happens just a short distance down the road from the campus,” PDCCC Workforce Development Director Angela Lawhorne said. “This is a flexible, non-credit certification program.”

In addition, the new offering entails a comprehensive, 160-hour program (80 hours classroom and 80 hours hands-on training) that provides the skills needed to work in the field. “Graduates receive free lifetime job placement assistance to graduates and lifetime refresher training,” Lawhorne said.

An open house will be held at the campus from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 27 for prospective students, partners and employers. Participants will have the opportunity to view the tractor trailers and meet PDCCC President Dr. Dan Lufkin, Shipper’s Choice Director of Education Ed Henk, instructors, employers and partners. Light refreshments will also be available.

Upon successful completion of the course, students attain a Class A Commercial Driver’s License, a credential that is recognized by related industries. Sessions start every four weeks, and classes will be held Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in room 117 at the Hobbs Suffolk Campus, 271 Kenyon Road.

The full tuition cost is $4,500 Grants and other financial assistance are available to offset tuition.

For more information, email workforce@pdc.edu or call 569-6050.