Entering a field that is experiencing rapid job growth, Hudson Valley Community College's Workforce Development Institute will begin offering a non-credit Tractor Trailer Driver Training course this month.
The college is partnering with CDL Training Services of New York, a Catskill-based company that runs similar training programs with several technical and community colleges in Illinois and Kentucky. The company also began offering the training program through Orange County Community College in Middletown in 2003.
The 160-hour Hudson Valley program will be accepting students on a rolling admission basis for both full-time and part-time courses. The part-time evening program can be completed in eight weeks and the full-time program in four weeks. Thirty hours of home study also is required. The program is designed for individuals with no commercial driving experience and includes the administration of a New York State Class A road test.
According to the American Trucking Association, there is currently a national shortage of 20,000 long haul truck drivers in the United States. That shortage may increase to 111,000 by 2014 if current demographic trends stay consistent, the trade organization said. Long haul truck driving is also one of the fastest growing jobs in the country, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
"It is clear that there is an ongoing need for this training, both nationally and locally," Hudson Valley Community College President Andrew J. Matonak, Ed.D said. "We hope this training provides a service to community members and to local businesses that need trained drivers."
For a more information on the course, go to wdi.hvcc.edu.
Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 60 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 60,000 alumni.