Truck Driver Program Graduates 17 Students
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Truck Driver Program Graduates 17 Students

Gaston College Truck Driver Program Graduates 17 Students: Four are Awarded SECU Foundation Scholarships

Seventeen students graduated from the Gaston College Truck Driver Training Program at a ceremony held on Tuesday, October 25. The training program, which is in collaboration with Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute (CCC&TI), is certified by the Professional Truck Driving Institute. By completing the program, the graduates are prepared to operate tractor-trailer rigs, acquire a commercial driver license (CDL), and become a professional driver.

Truck Driver Graduates

Four graduates of the Gaston College Truck Driver Training Program received SECU Foundation “People Helping People” Scholarships. They are: (Left to Right) Kendrick Cherry; Dantavius Thompson; Sandra Patrick, Senior Financial Services Officer of SECU; Bradley Criswell; and David Croome.

Four of the graduates were recipients of State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) Foundation “People Helping People” Scholarships, which provided financial assistance for them to complete the program. Those graduates are Kendrick Cherry, Bradley Criswell, David Croome, and Dantavius Thompson.

Also graduating are Gevin Allison, Corey Atkinson, Martell Blackmon, Marquis Brown-Cole, Troy Kay, Demetrius Lee, Shawna McClain, Steven McGuinness, Christopher Mickey, Taylor Peyton, Joey Roseman, Joseph Thompson, and Patrick Willock.

The lead instructor for the Truck Driver Training Program is Myron Greene. The other instructors are Lionel Corpening, Harold Curtis, Bill Morris, Bob Roberts, Gary Sanders, Wayne Starnes, and Jim Womack.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony, which took place in the Myers Center on the Dallas Campus of Gaston College, were Roger Chester, Director of Truck Driver Training; Sandra Patrick, Senior Financial Services Officer for SECU; and Ray Moss, a mentor to the students in the program.

The Truck Driver Training Program at Gaston College, a collaborative program with Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute, gives students in the program the necessary training required to operate tractor-trailer rigs, get their commercial driver’s license (CDL) and become professional truck drivers. The trucking industry is a major employer in the United States, with almost 9 million people employed in trucking-related jobs. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for qualified commercial truck drivers is expected to grow by 21 percent through 2020. The number of women in trucking is increasing steadily.

The next Truck Driver Training class begins in February 2017, with a mandatory orientation session on the Gaston College Dallas Campus on Wednesday, February 8, at 10 a.m. The 8.5 week class, which meets at the training center in Cherryville, N.C., consists of classroom instruction, range driving, and road driving. The classes are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., starting on February 27 and ending on May 2, 2017.

The cost for tuition and fees for the class is $1,882, well below the average cost for commercial truck driving schools. A payment plan is available, and there are opportunities for scholarships to partially defray the cost of tuition and fees.

For more information about the Truck Driver Training Program, contact Donna Blake at blake.donna@gaston.edu or 704-922-2267.

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