National Outstanding Training Project award is given to Truck Driver Training program at CKTC
The Association for Career and Technology Education PACE Division recognizes outstanding training projects for providing exceptional, industry-specific training. Last spring, the Truck Driver Training program at Caddo Kiowa Technology Center won the Outstanding Training Project award for the state. This recognition advanced the program to the national level. Recently Dale Lewis represented the CKTC Truck Driver Training team in San Antonio, Texas, to accept the Outstanding Training Project award for the nation.
The overwhelming need for qualified truck drivers across the nation is well-documented. In fact, a report from the American Trucking Association says more than 70 percent of goods consumed in the U.S. is moved by truck, but the industry needs to hire almost 900,000 more drivers to meet rising demand. As this need for qualified drivers has increased, Caddo Kiowa Technology Center located in Fort Cobb, Oklahoma, formed a partnership with two other tech centers. CKTC collaborated with Western Technology Center in Burns Flat, Oklahoma, and Great Plains Technology Center in Lawton, Oklahoma, to meet the mounting needs of the transportation industry in the areas served by these centers. This partnership extends the training possibilities from a 1953 square mile service area to 5637 square miles.
“We have a great collaborative team who always puts superior training, safety and students first. As a result, we prepare, on average, over 200 drivers a year to take the CDL exam. I couldn’t be more proud to be part of a team who more than earn an honor such as the Outstanding Training Project Award,” said Dale Lewis, Truck Driver Training Coordinator.