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Collin College CE Helps Students Start Careers in Truck Driving

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Collin College CE Helps Students Start Careers in Truck Driving

Jennifer Blalock, Ed.D., Vice President, Workforce and Economic Development, Collin College; Mohamed Riad, student; Albert Tezeno, Ph.D., Vice President, Student and Enrollment Services, Collin College; Renardo D. McGee, student; Sherry Schumann, Ph.D., Senior Vice President for Academic, Workforce, and Enrollment Services, Collin College; Keith Hoover, student; Eugene Jenkins, III, student; Kevin Hill, Owner, Aspire Truck Driving School; Timothy Kenyell Crew, Jr., student; Jeanne Johnson, Continuing Education Program Manager, Professional and Career Development, Collin College
Jennifer Blalock, Ed.D., Vice President, Workforce and Economic Development, Collin College; Mohamed Riad, student; Albert Tezeno, Ph.D., Vice President, Student and Enrollment Services, Collin College; Renardo D. McGee, student; Sherry Schumann, Ph.D., Senior Vice President for Academic, Workforce, and Enrollment Services, Collin College; Keith Hoover, student; Eugene Jenkins, III, student; Kevin Hill, Owner, Aspire Truck Driving School; Timothy Kenyell Crew, Jr., student; Jeanne Johnson, Continuing Education Program Manager, Professional and Career Development, Collin College
May 12, 2017 – Thursday evening, Continuing Education students of Collin College's Professional Truck Driving training were recognized for the successful completion of all requisite coursework as they prepare to take the Texas state test for the Commercial Driver's License (CDL). These seven students will join one of the fastest growing and in-demand workforces in the country.

"When students complete the program, they can expect to have at least four job offers right away," said Kevin Hill, the course's instructor. "Commercial truck driving offers people a chance to see the country from a new perspective, and they can make a very handsome salary."

Truck Driving is one of the top 10 career fields for job growth over the next decade that does not require a college degree. Nationally, new truck drivers with a CDL can expect to make roughly $18 per hour. In North Texas, however, the hourly rate is closer to $25. Collin College Continuing Education recognizes that as the Metroplex continues to grow at a rapid rate, demand exists for skilled drivers to transport the various goods and services.

"Collin College is excited to serve our business community in this essential career training area," said Vice President of Workforce and Economic Development Jennifer Blalock. "The projected growth and vacancies in this job sector throughout the state are reinforced by the increasing needs of our current and future Collin County companies."

"We hear regularly and emphatically from the businesses in Collin County that CDL drivers are needed immediately, and that need is only expected to grow," Blalock said. "They serve such a vital role in helping our companies deliver product in a timely, efficient manner. These drivers are truly the backbone of our local economy."

Collin College Continuing Education is the leading career skills training institution for adults who are not seeking a degree. More than 70 certificate series and certification preparation training programs are offered in the administrative, computer, education, health care, logistics, manufacturing, management, service and hospitality career fields.

Collin College serves more than 53,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degrees and certificates. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development. In addition, the college operates the Collin Higher Education Center, which serves 3,100 additional students each year in partnership with The University of Texas at Dallas, Texas Woman's University, Texas A&M Commerce, Texas Tech and the University of North Texas.