Milestone - 50 Commercial Truck Driving Graduate for the Fall

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Albany, Georgia – Albany Technical College has reached a milestone with 50 students completing the
Commercial Truck Driving Program for Fall 2021. This is an Albany Technical College record number of graduating students. The program is offered in 8-week terms, Monday through Friday, with a choice of daytime or nighttime classes. The objective is to provide the student with the knowledge and hands-on training necessary to obtain a Class A commercial driver's license (CDL) required to operate any combination of vehicles with a gross combination weight rating (GVWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, provided the towed vehicle is heavier than 10,000 pounds.

"Reaching 50 graduates from the Commercial Truck Driving Program is momentous. Commercial truck drivers and diesel technicians have been in high demand in our region and across the country," commented Dr. Anthony O. Parker, President of Albany Technical College. "The Transportation Academy has the potential to speak to and solve a twofold workforce need. By intentionally focusing our efforts on career training in these areas, we present a path forward to those who reside in our community who are looking for a job that pays well and offers health benefits."

With these jobs, people can support themselves and their families and build a great future. The benefit to the community is that the Transportation Academy graduates provide local industries with a qualified and trained pool of talent. This ensures a robust system in our community to move the goods made here to market in a cost-effective, competitive manner.

Dennis Oliver, Chair/Instructor of Commercial Truck Driving, says “Before students enter the program, they need to download the "CDL prep" app from Apple or Android Play store. It's free and this is a study guide for general knowledge, combinations, and air brakes. This study guide is necessary to obtain AP license at the local DMV before entry to our Commercial Truck Driving class.”

Albany Transportation Academy at Albany Technical College prepares graduates for entry-level positions in the transportation industry and/or entrepreneurial opportunities through innovative and hands-on instructional approaches. The result is a sustainable workforce and a timely delivery system for talent and goods, resulting in economic growth for the region.

Albany Tech offers four programs within the Transportation Academy designed to equip each student with the skills and expertise necessary to become a successful graduate. Areas of study at the Transportation Academy include Auto Collision Repair Technology, Automotive Technology, Commercial Truck Driving and Diesel Equipment Technology. Boasting an astounding ninety-nine percent job placement rate for graduates, Albany Tech's Transportation Academy graduates are highly sought after and employed by some of the highest-rated companies in the industry. Many graduates have jobs waiting for them before they even complete the program.

Albany Technical College and local industries and transportation carriers rolled out the Albany Transportation Academy at Albany Technical College in 2018. The initiative was an innovative workforce development program housed at ATC. The Albany Transportation Academy was designed to create a pool of trained, qualified employees to support the transportation industry and those industries that rely on efficient and cost-effective systems to move goods and services in our region.

The HOPE grant and HOPE Career grant will pay full tuition for Albany Transportation Academy programs for eligible Georgia residents.

Media Notes:

The HOPE grant does not pay for college fees, books, and other fees associated with the program.

Admission requirements include: must be 18 years of age or older; have a valid Georgia Driver's License; complete the application for admission, and meet required test scores or provide official college transcripts.

A high school diploma or GED is not required for admission to the Commercial Truck Driving Program.

Other requirements include a Motor Vehicle Driving Report that contains the past seven years and does not have more than eight points or four moving violations; no DUI's in the past three years; and a Department of Transportation physical exam and drug test.

Financial Aid Information is available through Albany Technical College, 229.430.6156 or 229.430.6157.