College to Begin Offering CDL Training on May 20

Tractor trailer with blue cab driving on highway.

GREENVILLE—Pitt Community College administrators announced this month that the college will begin offering short-term Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) training through its Continuing Education Division.

The first CDL Truck Driving Training to be offered at Pitt will begin May 20 at 8 a.m. in the PCC Greenville Center on Memorial Drive. The four-week, 160-hour course will consist of both classroom and driving instruction.

PCC Coordinator for Entrepreneurial Education Gail Nichols says the college is partnering on the training with TransTech, a CDL truck-driving school located in the western part of North Carolina. She said that after TransTech noticed many of its students were coming from the eastern part of the state, it realized the need for a school in the east to serve them.

“TransTech, like PCC, realized the need for truck drivers, and as partners, we are meeting the needs of folks in the east,” Nichols said. “All of the students finishing the program have been able to secure jobs – and ones that pay well.

“Carriers are calling and looking for drivers every day, and many are willing to help with the costs of training them in order to get good employees.”

Nichols said a projected national shortage of truck drivers (an estimated 80,000 to 100,000 in the next few years) is what prompted PCC to consider offering CDL training. To shed light on the program and gauge local interest, the college held an information session in January.

“We learned from that meeting that there was a large interest in the CDL program,” Nichols said. “We thought that would be the case, but it was confirmed from that night, as well as all the phone calls before and afterward.”

For the first couple of weeks, Nichols says class will meet in the Greenville Center Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. She said the final two weeks of instruction will be held at a driving range on Dickinson Avenue the college is leasing from East Carolina University. Those classes, she says, will meet Monday through Friday, from 12 p.m. to midnight, in order for students to complete the night driving portion of the training and on-the-road driving.

The cost of the CDL training is $2,435.95, which includes all materials and instruction as well as a $125-non-refundable screening process fee. Nichols says students must pass all aspects of the screening process in order to participate in the program. Students can also expect to pay an additional $160 for their permit and license, which will be paid directly to the N.C. Department of Motor Vehicles during the course.

The first 16 students who register for the program will receive $500 in tuition assistance.

For more details on the CDL program, contact Wendy Dunbar, PCC Small Business Center administrative assistant, at (252) 493-7528 or wdunbar@email.pittcc.edu or Nichols at (252) 493-7625 or gnichols@email.pittcc.edu.

05/10/2019