depend on truck drivers to deliver the food, fuel, and other goods we need and
want. But, according to Global Insight,
Inc., America currently has a shortage of 100,000 qualified truck drivers. Truckguage.com says that at the end of 2013,
the deficit was 200,000 drivers. The good news is that for those who wish to do
their part to close this gap while earning excellent wages, KC’s Truck Driving
Program is a great opportunity.
qualified to drive a tractor/trailer today is a complicated business. The safety certifications, hazmat training,
differing load endorsements, CDL requirements and other regulations needed by
today’s truck drivers have left some of the old ideas of “learn the gears and
hit the road” in the dust. Truck drivers
on the road now are expected to be trained professionals, and the pay scale
reflects that. “Starting pay for truck
drivers we graduate is between $30,000 and $70,000, with the average being
around $38,000 per year” said Dean Daum, KC’s Director of the Truck Driver
some of the higher paying companies, like the Gilster-Mary Lee Corporation,
will only hire drivers from KC’s program, of all other area truck driving
schools, according to Daum. “We require
our students to earn all the endorsements,” Daum said, “doubles and triples,
hazmat, and tankers. We are the only school
in the area that requires hazmat endorsement.
Because of the new regulations, companies only want to hire the cream of
the crop.” This is reflected in how far
some have come to learn at KC, with the program regularly enrolling students
from as far away as Alton, Carbondale, and Olney, areas well outside the
college district. Companies, 8-12 per
class, present to the students in hopes of employing them after they complete
KC’s training. With only six students
per class, each is able to receive the individual attention they may need to
master the various aspects of the training, with a guaranteed offer of
employment to follow. KC’s program has a
placement rate of 100%.
Kaskaskia College Truck Driver Training Program offers classroom, in the cab,
and on the job training, with an externship program that allows for students to
hire on with a company and earn credits as they accumulate experience and miles
on the road. The program offers two
certificates: TRUC 0505, which is a sixteen credit hour program, and TRUC 0510,
a twenty credit hour program that is eligible for financial aid.
Kaskaskia College will offer students
the opportunity to earn a Class A Commercial Driver’s License with late-starting
classes at the SCT Training Facility, 100 North Locust in Centralia. The CDL
classes will be offered Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with
classes running from February 3 to April 1, March 3 to April 29, and March 31
to May 28.
Kaskaskia College will also offer
students the opportunity to earn a Class A Commercial Driver’s License with
late-starting classes at the East St. Louis Community College Center. The CDL classes will be offered Monday
through Friday, from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm with classes running from February 10
until April 7 and from April 7 to June 2.
For more information, or to
register, please contact Dean M. Daum at 618-545-3310 or the Kaskaskia College
Admissions Office at 618-545-3040.