Saturday 18 Jan 2020


WCC’s First Truck Driver Class Graduates

Wayne Community College has graduated its first class of truck drivers.

Five students finished the hands-on program to learn how to drive commercial tractor trailers and trucks.

Earning WCC Workforce Continuing Education certificates of completion in December 2019 were:

  • Rodolpho Trejo Hernandez of Eureka
  • Christopher Z. Enoch Howard, Donnie Allen McCabe, and Quentin Lee Mitchell of Goldsboro
  • Jeremiah Devon Miller of Stantonsburg

Wayne Community College honored its first Truck Driver Training class. Instructors Tony Hardy (far left) and Tony Streand (far right) congratulate the graduates: (left to right, front) Quentin Mitchell, Christopher Howard, Rodolpho Hernandez, (back) Jeremiah Miller, and Donnie McCabe.

Four of the students have already tested for and earned their Class A Commercial Driver’s Licenses.

The college’s Workforce Continuing Education Division began offering the training program in the fall 2019 semester. It follows requirements set forth in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations to prepare students to obtain entry-level positions in the transportation industry.

The program was established in response to requests from local businesses and industries that need qualified drivers.

Luke Mallory, an NC Road Team Captain with the North Carolina Trucking Association, speaks during the graduation ceremony for Wayne Community College’s first Truck Driver Training class.

“The opportunities are there,” said Tony Hardy, lead instructor. “The college has been working on this project two plus years. We were finally able to flip that switch in September.”

“This is history-making right here. You are class No. 1,” said Luke Mallory, an NC Road Team Captain with the North Carolina Trucking Association, who served as the guest speaker at the ceremony. “This is a huge accomplishment. I welcome you to the fellowship of truck drivers.”

Mallory shared the “Three Ls of Trucking” that “will help you be successful in this industry:”

  • Learn – “Build on this foundation … things are going to change. Grow with the industry.”
  • Lead – “Be a leader and push others to be better themselves.”
  • Love – “Love what you are doing. If you are passionate about what you are doing, the other two things will be easy.”

Graduates of the program can expect to earn from $40,000 to $60,000 annually in their first year with an established company. Employment is available locally, regionally, and nationally in various industries, governmental agencies, and by self-employment.

The next Truck Driving Training course will start Jan. 14, 2020. Classes will be held at the college 6-10 p.m., Tuesdays through Thursdays and 7 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturdays.

A list of enrollment requirements, as well as details about the program, can be found at www.waynecc.edu/continuing-ed/truck-driving-training-program/.

For more information about the Truck Driver Training program, contact Hardy at 919-739-6939 or [email protected] or Lisa Newkirk, program coordinator, at 919-739-6931 or [email protected].

 

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