PCC to Hold Information Session on New CDL Training

Tractor trailer with blue cab driving on highway.

GREENVILLE—A projected national shortage of truck drivers in the coming years has prompted Pitt Community College to begin offering short-term Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) training through its Continuing Education Division.

To shed light on the new program, the college will hold an information session Jan. 17 at the PCC Greenville Center on Memorial Drive. The program will begin at 6 p.m. in Room 120.

PCC Coordinator for Entrepreneurial Education Gail Nichols says the session is intended for anyone interested in acquiring a CDL. In addition to covering the process involved with obtaining the license, she says the program will feature drivers with more than 20 years of trucking experience answering questions attendees may have about their profession.

“They know the ins and outs [of truck driving],” Nichols said. “They know the good, the bad and the ugly. We want people to know what they are getting into when they sign up for the CDL class.”

With an expected need of 80,000-100,000 truck drivers within the next few years, Nichols says the jobs will be there for individuals who complete PCC’s CDL training. Drivers can make as much as $38,000 annually to start, she says, adding that salaries depend greatly on how willing drivers are to be away from home for extended periods of time.

“If they want to travel for a couple of weeks at a time, they’d be compensated for that,” she said.

For more details on the CDL program and the information session, 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.