Truck Driver Training
Our truck driver training program started in 1990 with one truck and a few students. Today we have over 70 pieces of equipment and have graduated over 2,000 CDL drivers in the past 10 years. We offer full-time day and part-time evening classes to fit most schedules. Day classes require 8.5 weeks to complete and evening classes15 weeks. Satellite or off-campus day classes are also available at several locations.
We are located at 3030 Hickory Boulevard (Highway 321) on the Transportation and Public Service (TAPS) Center of Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute, Hudson NC 28638. The center is 12 miles north of Hickory, 70 miles NW of Charlotte and 77 miles east of Asheville and directly across the road from the Hudson DMV and the Highway Patrol station.
Our truck driver training program is certified by the Professional Truck Driving Institute (PTDI) located in Alexandria, VA. PTDI is the first non-profit organization to develop uniform skills performance, curriculum and certification standards for the trucking industry and to award course certification to entry-level truck driver finishing programs.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) supports the PTDI curriculum as representing the basis for adequate training of entry-level drivers.
The trucking industry continues to be a major employer in the United States, with almost 9 million people employed in trucking-related jobs. Over 3 million of these are drivers of tractor-trailers operated by over 550,000 interstate motor carriers. More than 80% of the U.S. cities receive their goods exclusively from trucks.
Now as freight and the economy begin to turn around, the trucking industry is facing a growing epidemic across the country. As the driver shortage grows larger every day, entry-level drivers are entering a demanding field where there is a premium placed on quality student drivers fresh out of school.
At CCC&TI we have a very successful job placement program with numerous local and national trucking companies recruiting our graduates during and after each class. During the April 2010– March 2011 reporting period, CCC&TI graduated 188 students with 81% of those being pre-hired prior to graduation.
Graduates from our program can expect to average $34,000 or more their first year and up to $50,000 or better with one year of experience.
To learn more information about the employment outlook and work environment for the Truck Driver Training field, go to:
- Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook or
- DISCOVER/ACT career exploration tool