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Jacob Reeves has fond memories of riding around in a cattle truck with his dad as a youngster, so when the opportunity to pursue his commercial driver’s license at Western Nevada College came up, it was an opportunity. that he couldn’t refuse.
He had looked into trucking schools before, but the cost and schedule made getting into those programs nearly impossible.
“I couldn’t afford to be out of work for an entire month to go to trucking school,” he said, “so when I saw WNC had a program with a more flexible schedule , the opportunity was too good to pass up. ”
Reeves revealed that the William N. Pennington Vocational and Technical Scholarship, which covered his tuition, was the final piece of the puzzle that meant he could earn his CDL without breaking the bank.
And it happened at the right time.
Reeves was ready for more than just a job – he loved what he did but needed a career that would help support the family he hopes to have. He knew that a commercial driver’s license would give him the boost he needed to establish a career from something he had learned to love in his youth – driving big trucks.
Because he’d been around big trucks for much of his life, Reeves said, “I thought I had it in the bag,” so he was glad to have instructor Sam Yesuratnam’s support when he discovered that some of the skills were more difficult than he had anticipated.
“It was harder than expected,” he explained, “but Sam did a good job of explaining the safety reasons why we were doing everything.”
With safety being the cornerstone of the program, Yesuratnam said, “Students who graduate from our program are, without a doubt, the most qualified and conscientious new professionals in the region.
The 4-week training program covers everything students need to know to land a job in the transport industry, ensuring access to a high-demand career on a family wage.
Once Reeves graduated from the program and earned his license, he became an indispensable part of the B&R Auto Wrecking team; his additional skills and expertise allowed the company, as Reeves put it, to “really take towing to the next level,” including adding new trucks to its fleet and hiring several additional drivers.
In fact, Reeves became so valuable to B&R that when offered another job, B&R matched the salary and benefits offered to him – an ideal situation, as far as Reeves was concerned.
“I didn’t want to leave the company I was in, but I needed a career,” Reeves said.
Now he has the best of both worlds.
“Once you really start driving the truck, it’s so much fun,” he said. “I love my job. I love all the faces I see every day.
Western Nevada College’s Commercial Driver Training Program is now accepting new students. To learn more about this opportunity, call 775-445-4210, visit www.wnc.edu/commercialdrivers, or email [email protected]