St. Louis Community College staff members recently conducted an open house for truck driving employers to introduce them to the college’s new truck driving 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. 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.
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 great to see St. Louis Community College’s commitment to excellence in its commercial truck driver program,” said Doug Harry, field manager for the St. Louis Operating Center of Schneider National Inc. “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.”
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 includes 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.
For more information about the program, visit www.stlcc.edu/truckdriving.