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“I Plan to Recruit Their Drivers”
STLCC CDL Truck Driver Training Program Off to Great Start
“I plan to recruit their drivers,” was the type of excitement and anticipation fueled buzz that I heard at the recent open house for STLCC’s new truck driver training program.
The college will be training individuals to become Class A commercial truck drivers (CDL-A) through a hands-on, five-week non-credit program that includes classroom instruction, practice on a truck simulator, and driving experience. And the employers in attendance seemed ready to hire the program graduates!
This new program is part of STLCC’s no-fee, high-value technical job training programs that are grant-funded and offered for limited periods of time at no cost to qualified students.
What was really cool to see at the open house were the actual instructional trucks. They look awesome and I am excited to see them on the road soon!
The training program’s staff guided attendees in small groups through different stations at the college’s Forest Park campus so that they could see and learn about all aspects of the program. The staff included: Rene Dulle, program manager; Kathie Chambers, business engagement manager; Ellen Irons, curriculum designer/developer; Bahi Talundzic, career pathway coach, Vince Lang, lead instructor, and Dennis Skelton, maintenance instructor.
Employers and community organizations in attendance got to inspect the trucks, learn the details about the program, discover how the course materials were developed, and even drive the truck simulator. The simulator will allow the students to practice shifting, driving in difficult weather elements, and other safety driving issues before they begin their actual on-the-road driving with an instructor. It is really impressive technology.
Here are more samples of the buzz I collected from attendees:
“It is great to see St. Louis Community College’s commitment to excellence in its commercial truck driver program. The level of professionalism and commitment that the staff has exhibited as this program has taken shape gives me every reason to believe that students entering the program will have access to the resources they need to excel in the transportation industry. I look forward to meeting their first graduate, and I fully expect this is only the beginning of a very long line of successful candidates completing this program.”
Doug Harry, Field Manager, St. Louis Operating Center, Schneider National, Inc.
“I have recruited at many commercial driver academies in Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois. I can honestly say the St. Louis Community College has the best program in preparing new drivers. Their staff is very knowledgeable and the equipment, both real and simulated, demonstrates their commitment to a top notch program. I plan to recruit their drivers.”
Richard Mike Welker, Traffic Supervisor, Gilster Mary Lee Corporation
“Thanks again for the invitation to your open house. I was very impressed with the homework and preparation all of you did to put together what looks to be like a very successful program. Your facility, trucks, simulator, classroom and staff reflects a positive learning environment. Here at Dart Transit we are always looking for quality programs such as yours. I really like the way your staff emphasized attitude and responsibility with the students. Looking forward to a long lasting partnership. Thank you.”
Homer E. Paul, Dart Transit, Field Recruiter
“The grand opening was wonderful! I was impressed with the caliber of your training program. It is comprehensive and truly trains students using the newest technology available. I passed the information on to our subcontractors and made it available to our customers as well.”
Michele I. Williams, Technical Research & Compliance Manager, Saint Louis County DHS/DWD
Are you ready to earn your CDL-A? Or are you an employer that wants to hire our graduates? Apply or find out more about this exciting new program at www.stlcc.edu/truckdriving.