Truck Driver Training, CDL Drivers

CDL drivers in demand nationwide; Caddo Kiowa Technology Center trains the drivers

Truck Driver Training, CDL Drivers
According to the BLS, the demand for goods will increase, and more truck drivers will be needed to keep supply chains moving as the economy grows.

Fort Cobb, OK – March 26, 2015 – With CDL drivers in high demand, Caddo Kiowa Technology Center is busy training drivers. One of only two truck driver training programs in the CareerTech system and the only one not receiving state funding, Caddo Kiowa Technology Center’s Truck Driver Training program, located in Fort Cobb, has remained competitive for over 25 years solely on the support of its local companies.

During those two and half decades, the program has become a satellite school for Western Technology Center in Burns Flat. It has grown into a ten-instructor, 15-fleet program and has contributed to about 200 graduates each year, with enrollment numbers expected to exceed 240 this year.

With a shortage of up to 200,000 truck drivers nationally, graduates of the program don’t have any trouble finding jobs. The United States Department of Labor reports a median pay of $38,200 per year, and experienced drivers can expect more than $50,000. Tuition for CKTC’s Truck Driving Training program is $3100.

“We understand that it’s tough for some to come up with the lump sum,” said Dale Lewis, director of the Truck Driver Training program. “So we have tuition assistance for students who qualify.”

Lewis has seen firsthand the return on investment with the number of graduates being hired before they even graduate. Most students make their first initial contact with potential employers through recruiters who visit the campus regularly; this is due in large part to the good relationships CKTC maintains with companies that hire drivers.

Truck Driver Training
Students practice their backing and prepare for the road in the Truck Driver Training program at Caddo Kiowa Technology Center.

Lewis reports a high demand for drivers. What’s more, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that as households and businesses increase their spending, the trucking industry will only continue to grow. Additionally, many companies have trouble finding and retaining qualified long-haul drivers. That is where CKTC comes into the picture.

The Truck Driver Training program takes about 250 hours to complete with time being split between classroom instruction and behind-the-wheel driving.  With several prerequisites to the program, Lewis recommends calling the school first to go over the checklist of things to get done prior to acceptance into the program.

CKTC is located in Fort Cobb, a town in southwest Oklahoma. The center has been in operation for 47 years, serves 14 partner high schools, has an enrollment of 562 adult and high school students and offers 19 programs. Opportunities at CKTC range from business and health to science and transportation trades and encompass customized workplace training, short-term training and truck driver training.

This article also appeared on NewsOK.

For over half a century, CKTC has provided career training, business and industry services and leadership programs to a rural district in southwest Oklahoma. Opportunities at CKTC range from business and health to science and transportation trades. Additionally, CKTC offers customized workplace training and short-term training. More information about CKTC is available online at www.mycktc.com or by calling 405.643.5511. CKTC is a proud member of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, which provides leadership and resources and assures standards of excellence for a comprehensive statewide system of career and technology education. The system offers programs and services in 29 technology center districts.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

 

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