GLENNS, VA — Rappahannock Community College (RCC) recently purchased a new manual tractor trailer to enrich its Commercial Driver’s License program. “RCC is committed to focusing on students. Purchasing the new truck gives us more flexibility and autonomy in our CDL program,” said Michael Carter, RCC’s CDL instructor.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov), there is always a need for drivers to move goods around the country since trucks transport most of the freight in the U.S. Carter said it’s a great career, “you can see the country, drive regionally, or stay local, all while making an incredible income. In my 20 years of being a truck driver, I never had difficulty finding a job.”
Anyone 18 or older can enroll in CDL training at RCC and there are programs to help cover costs. There are some prerequisites, however, including having a CDL learner’s permit which can be obtained at RCC, Department of Transportation (DOT) physical, and drug test. RCC helps students complete the process toward enrolling in the training.
After completing and passing the 4-week CDL course, students will have a fully, non-restricted CDL Class A license as long as they are 21 years or older. Students 18-20 years old are able to drive in-state until they reach 21.
“Truck driving takes knowledge and finesse, and we have a phenomenal team that is focused on making this program work for our students,” said Carter. “Every person who took my most recent class passed the test the first time!”
For more information about the program, contact Janet Childs, Administrative Assistant of Workforce and Community Development. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 804-333-6754.