Attala Center offers Professional Truck Driving Program, CDL prep course

The Holmes Community College Attala Center in Kosciusko is offering the Professional Truck Driving Training Program beginning Sept. 12.

The Holmes Community College Attala Center in Kosciusko is offering the Professional Truck Driving Training Program beginning Sept. 12. The Professional Truck Driving Training is a six-week program that prepares students to enter the commercial truck driving industry. The program includes classroom, controlled driving environment, and road driving to provide instruction in operating diesel powered vehicles, DOT rules and regulations, shifting techniques, pre and post trip inspections, loading and unloading cargo, and keeping necessary records.

Prior to the fall term program beginning, the Attala Center will offer the CDL preparation course, designed to prepare applicants for the CDL Commercial Learner's Permit. The prep course will be available - free of charge - from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Aug. 6 and Aug. 13.

Students enrolled in the Professional Truck Driving School may be eligible for federal grants and scholarships.

The truck driving industry is a promising fields for citizens in today's economy. According to the American Trucking Association (ATA), there are approximately 3.5 million professional truck drivers in the United States, meaning that approximately one out of every 15 workers in the country is employed in the trucking business. These statistics imply that trucking is an extremely stable industry that is likely to continue generating jobs in the years to come. According to an even newer report from the ATA, the industry is looking to fill some 48,000 jobs in the U.S.

For more information about the Holmes Professional Truck Driving Training Program and free CDL classes, contact Workforce Coordinator/WIOA Director Earline Russell-Smith at (662) 472-9105 or esmith@holmescc.edu.

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