CDL Program Begins in January
Elizabethtown Community and Technical College will begin offering CDL certification classes in January 2020 thanks to the support of Charles Nall with Nall’s Specialized Hauling. The locally operated and family-owned transportation company donated a semi tractor-trailer for students to use in the CDL training program.
“ECTC recognizes that the need for drivers with CDLs continues to grow, and we responded by developing a program to meet this demand,” said Mike Hazzard, Dean of Workforce Solutions and Technical Programs. “We couldn’t bring our plans to life without a truck, since students need hands-on experience to successfully complete their certification.”
Nall’s Specialized Hauling is happy to help ECTC with its commercial driving program. “I feel ECTC will provide a great education as well as help drivers to understand the industry, as ECTC stays connected to the industry and the constant changes within it,” said Charles Nall. “I strongly advise anyone interested in obtaining a CDL to enroll in the program at ECTC. Drivers will receive a more comprehensive education than at most for-profit schools.”
“We are grateful to Nall’s Specialized Hauling for responding to this need,” said Dr. Juston Pate, President/CEO of ECTC. “We look forward to providing this training to serve a critical industry in our service region.”
“ECTC’s CDL program consists of four weeks and a total of 160 hours of training,” said Brandon Hall, CDL program coordinator. “Students will be qualified as entry level professional commercial drivers upon completion of this program, with a combination of classroom, range training and on road driving.” The average salary for entry level truck drivers in Kentucky is between $47,000 and $58,000 per year, with average annual salaries ranging between $50,000 to more than $100,000.
More than 70 percent of goods throughout America are delivered by truck drivers, many of whom are nearing retirement age. The demand for commercial truck drivers increased 7-8 percent in 2019 alone, and is expected to increase by 15-18 percent in 2020. More than 13,000 trucking companies operate in Kentucky, and a shortage of drivers is expected to continue.
The CDL classes offered through Workforce Solutions are eligible for the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship, which will pay for $1044 of the tuition at the current rate. The total cost of the course is $4100, and the remaining $3,056 course fee is not covered by the Work Ready Scholarship.
HOW TO REGISTER OR FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Seats are limited. Please contact ECTC Workforce Solutions or Brandon Hall to begin the process.
Workforce Solutions: 270-706-8700; 877-246-2322 extension 68700
Brandon Hall: 270-706-8639; firstname.lastname@example.org