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$1M donation to STC trucking program – The Advance News

A donation from The Coca-Cola Company will enable Vidalia’s Southeast Georgia Technical College to expand its commercial truck driving program. On April 19, Coca-Cola announced a $1 million donation to the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) foundation for the system’s commercial truck driving program. STC will receive part of the donation. “Coca-Cola’s generous grant will allow Southeastern Technical College to add three additional Commercial Truck Driving (CTD) instructors. This will increase annual CTD registrations by 50% and keep the community going from page

members interested in this lucrative field, with multiple openings, to obtain their Class A commercial driver’s license and begin or perfect their careers,” said STC President Larry Calhoun.

More pilots in the pipeline

“As residents and businesses across the state struggle to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to invest in our communities and provide opportunities that will improve the lives of our fellow Georgians,” said Alfredo Rivera, President, North America Business Unit, The Coca-Cola Company. “We are proud of our Georgian roots and will continue to do our part to keep Georgia strong.” Businesses and consumers rely on Georgia’s trucking industry, which hauls more than 435 million tons of freight across the state each year as the logistics and transportation hub of the Southeast (Georgia Department of Transportation, 2019). Today, this industry faces challenges, having lost 6% of its workers nationwide since the start of the COVID 19 pandemic, compounding an existing driver shortage that is expected to reach 160,000 by 2028 ( American Trucking Association, 2019). “Despite the challenges of the past two years, the trucking industry has remained steadfast as the fundamental engine of the nation’s economy, providing essential goods to help businesses stay open and reopen,” said Mark Rahiya, Supply Chain Manager, Technical and Innovation Manager, The Coca Cola Company. “By supporting the trainers and faculty in TCSG’s Commercial Truck Driving Program, we are ensuring that the next generation of drivers receive a world-class education while simultaneously working to address the driver shortage and provide opportunities for Georgians.” The $1 million investment marks The Coca-Cola Company’s latest effort to help facilitate Georgia’s economic development and support essential job training and opportunities in its home state. By creating 11 new full-time instructor roles and 2 part-time instructor roles, the investment addresses TCSG’s greatest need, recruiting and retaining talented trainers.

In addition, the donation complements $8.32 million in support from the Governor’s Education Emergency Relief Fund (GEER II) which will provide facility upgrades, with the goal of doubling enrollment. commercial drivers across Georgia from 1,705 to 3,410 in 2023.

Finally, this investment aims to ensure that more drivers are in the pipeline to help fill trucking industry jobs with local Coca-Cola bottler Coca-Cola UNITED and other companies across the country. State.

“We are grateful for our partnership with The Coca-Cola Company and Coca-Cola UNITED and look forward to leveraging this investment to attract more of the top trainers who are the foundation of our program,” said Greg Dozier. , technical commissioner. Georgia University System. “As the program expands, this investment will allow us to prepare more commercial truckers to enter the industry, helping to ensure the continued transportation of the goods we rely on across the state.”

Georgia Truck Tour

To raise awareness of TCSG’s commercial truck driving program and associated career opportunities, The Coca-Cola Company is rolling out “Delivering the Future: The Coca-Cola System & Technical College System of Georgia Truck Tour”. STC is set to hold a leg of the tour on May 17. The “Delivering the Future: The Coca-Cola System & Technical College System of Georgia Truck Tour” will make five stops from May 17-26 and will feature entertainment, refreshments and activities as well as the opportunity to learn more about Coca-Cola UNITED employment opportunities and the TCSG Commercial Truck Driver Program enrollment process. Other tour stops and dates include: Central Georgia Technical College, Macon Campus; Savannah Technical College, Savannah Campus; Athens Technical College, Athens Campus; Southern Regional Technical College, Tifton Campus.

“In Georgia, we are fortunate to be able to hire drivers from TCSG’s world-class commercial truck driver program. Our goal is to raise awareness of the trucking industry program and opportunities available in our home state, specifically the 85 open commercial driving opportunities currently available with Coca-Cola UNITED,” said Gianetta Jones, vice- President and Director of Human Resources, Coca-Cola UNIS.

STC CTD Program

STC’s Commercial Truck Driver (CTD) Certificate program provides foundational training in the principles and skills of commercial trucking operations. Designed for people seeking a Class A commercial driver’s license, the program is based on the definition of a truck driver as one who drives a commercial vehicle of all different sizes and descriptions on all types of roads .

In addition to classroom instruction, students receive on-site and on-road commercial truck driving training. Daytime classes take place from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Evening classes are from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and include Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 7 and a half week studies. Although the College operates on the semester system, due to the nature of the courses, the CTD program operates on part of the terms and admits new students five times a year. To graduate, students must earn a minimum of nine credit hours per semester. Start and end dates can be found by contacting Student Affairs or the program instructor at STC.

SIGNATURE WORK – Before being hoisted to the top of the Toombs County Courthouse last week, the structure’s dome was signed by Ogeechee Steel owner Janet Johnson and the rest of the team who worked on the site. Construction crews are now turning their attention from framing to completing detail work inside and outside the structure. The new facility will include multiple courtrooms as well as a direct walkway from the new Toombs County Detention Center to the courthouse. Photo by Daniel Ford