Overview

(Collaborative program with Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute, CCC&TI)

Training at Gaston College is provided through a partnership with Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute, Hudson, NC. CCC&TI started training drivers in 1990 with one truck and a few students. Today they have over 70 pieces of equipment and have graduated over 2,000 CDL drivers in the past 10 years. At present Gaston College offers only full-time day classes requiring 8.5 weeks to complete.

Truck Driver Training

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The Truck Driver Training Program at Gaston College gives students the necessary training required to drive tractor-trailer rigs, get their commercial driver’s license and become professional truck drivers.

Graduates of the program will have the opportunity to be employed by commercial trucking companies, become an owner-operator or take advantage of local jobs.

The truck driver training programs at Hudson, Hickory, and Dallas are certified by the Professional Truck Driving Institute (PTDI) [www.ptdi.org] located in Alexandria, VA.

An image of PTDI logoPTDI is the first non-profit organization to develop uniform skills performance, curriculum and certification standards for the trucking industry and to award course certification to entry-level truck driver finishing programs.

The Federal Motor carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) supports the PTDI curriculum as representing the basis for adequate training of entry-level drivers.

Employment Outlook

The trucking industry continues to be a major employer in the United States, with almost 9 million people employed in trucking-related jobs. Over 3 million of these are drivers of tractor-trailers operated by over 550,000 interstate motor carriers. More than 80% of U.S. cities receive their goods exclusively from trucks.

Now as freight and the economy begin to turn around the trucking industry is facing a growing epidemic across the country. As the driver shortage epidemic grows larger every day, entry-level drivers are entering a demanding field where there is a premium placed on quality student drivers fresh out of school.

At CCC&TI we have a very successful job placement program with numerous local and national trucking companies recruiting our graduates during and after each class. During the past 12 month reporting period, CCC&TI graduated 225 students with 88% of those being pre-hired prior to graduation.

Graduates from our program can expect to average $50,000 or more their first year and up to $60,000 or better with one year of experience.