The program is being started at the request of the Temple Chamber of Commerce and the Temple Economic Development Corporation to meet a shortage of truck drivers in central Texas.
According to a 2015 report from the American Truckers Association, there are more than 48,000 openings nationwide in the trucking industry.
“Temple companies such as McLane, Wal-Mart Distribution Center, H-E-B Distribution Center, and Performance Food Group are experiencing a shortage in CDL drivers,” said Charley Ayres, vice president of the Temple Economic Development Corporation. “This program will meet a need in our community and provide qualified candidates for employment, as well as encourage students to enter a field with a median earning of $17 per hour.”
The program is five weeks long and will include 210 hours of instruction − 70 hours in the classroom and 140 hours on the road. A new class will start every two weeks.
The program is open to men and women over 21 years of age who have a good driving record. Tuition is $4,795 plus the cost of a drug test, physical, background check and learners permit. Financial assistance is available and may pay up to 100 percent of the tuition.
For more information, visit www.templejc.edu/bce or call 254-298-8625.
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