Area companies are experiencing a shortage of over-the-road truck drivers and Northeast Mississippi Community College is stepping up to provide training that will enable aspiring drivers to help alleviate that shortage.
Commercial Truck Driving – Class A will begin on Northeast’s Booneville campus February 27. The 6-week class (three weeks classroom instruction; three weeks actual driving) is limited to 10 students age 21 or older with a high school diploma/GED. Class days are 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuition is $1,500 per student.
Curriculum for the class includes Basic Operation, Safe Operating Practices, Advanced Operating Practices (Night, Extreme Driving Conditions, Hazard Perception, Emergency Maneuvers/Skid Avoidance, Skid Control and Recovery, Railroad Crossings), Vehicle Systems (Identification, Maintenance, Diagnosing), Hours of Service and Documentation.
“We are extremely excited to provide this training program at this time,” said Phyllis Colson, Northeast’s director of Continuing Education. “Our goal is to help eliminate this state-wide shortage and provide an excellent career opportunity.
“Long-haul drivers can expect to earn a beginning salary of $40,000 per year. Anyone who enjoys driving, traveling, and working alone or as a team driver can complete training in six weeks and start working immediately,” Colson explained. “Truck driving is a high demand occupation and will continue to be for future years.”
For more information or to enroll contact Colson at Northeast’s Office of Continuing Education at 662-720-7277 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.