Driving instructors

Triad Truck driving schools keen to train new drivers

As supply chain issues continue to strain the system, Piedmont Triad educators are working to be part of the solution: getting more truckers on the road. At the Yadkin Center at Surry Community College in Yadkinville, instructors help train the next generation of truck drivers. The truck driver training program consists of 384 hours of classroom, on-the-job, and on-road training preparing students to take their commercial driver’s license exam and work for a commercial trucking company. students on what is available, their rate of pay, their schedule,” said Douglas Underwood, director of the Yadkin Center at Surry Community College. And while there was a shortage of drivers in the United States before the pandemic, Underwood said, the need has only intensified. Salaries vary for drivers, but, he said, they usually start between $40,000 and $60,000. Surry’s program lasts nine weeks. “Before COVID there was still a shortage of truck drivers and once COVID hit it only increased that shortage. It’s an ongoing problem and it’s going to continue to be a problem until ‘until we get the manpower back,’ said instructor Brandon Cockerham In Kernersville, Best Logistics Group is opening its own driving academy, with the aim of bringing more jobs to the area and fill the driver gap “We saw a need in the community. We have 35 years of experience in the transportation industry and we wanted to help both the community and the transportation industry draw new blood from it.” “, said Tricia Foody, vice president of human resources and administration at Best Logistics Group. Still working towards its state certification. While waiting for the green light, instructors are eager to teach new drivers how to driving.” I think anyone who thinks about it can do it. ire. It’s like driving a car,” said Jim Rigsbee, program manager for Best Logistics Group. Both programs have classes starting within the next two months and financial aid is available for interested students. The administrators of both programs encouraged anyone interested in learning to drive to call them.

As supply chain issues continue to strain the system, Piedmont Triad educators are working to be part of the solution: getting more truckers on the road.

At the Yadkin Center at Surry Community College in Yadkinville, instructors are helping train the next generation of truck drivers. The truck driver training program consists of 384 hours of classroom, range, and on-road training preparing students to take their commercial driver’s license exam and work for a commercial trucking company.

“Each class, we probably have at least 10 companies coming in to talk to our students about what’s available, their rate of pay, their schedule,” said Douglas Underwood, principal of the Yadkin Center at Surry Community College.

Underwood said about 80% of students who complete the truck driver training program are employed upon graduation. And while there was a shortage of drivers in the United States before the pandemic, Underwood said, the need has only intensified.

Salaries vary for drivers, but, he said, they usually start between $40,000 and $60,000. Surry’s program lasts nine weeks.

“Before COVID there was still a shortage of truck drivers and once COVID hit it only increased that shortage. It’s an ongoing problem and it’s going to continue to be a problem until we get the workforce back,” said instructor Brandon Cockerham.

In Kernersville, Best Logistics Group is opening its own driving academy, with the aim of creating more jobs in the area and filling the driver gap.

“We saw a need in the community. We have 35 years of experience in the transportation industry and we wanted to help both the community and the transportation industry draw new blood from it,” said Tricia Foody, Vice President of Human Resources and administration at Best Logistics Group.

It is a new program and is still working towards its state certification. While waiting for the green light, instructors are eager to teach new drivers how to get behind the wheel.

“I think anyone who thinks about it can do it. It’s like driving a car,” said Jim Rigsbee, program manager for Best Logistics Group.

Both programs have classes starting within the next two months and financial aid is available for interested students.

The administrators of both programs encouraged anyone interested in learning to drive to call them.