Ranger College Offering Free Truck Driver Classes

With the economy struggling, and thousands of Texans struggling to find employment with the collapse of the oil industry, Ranger College is literally climbing into the driver’s seat in an effort to help area residents find new job opportunities. The college will be offering free truck driver training beginning Monday, June 15, at its Brown County campus.

“With so many people looking to find employment during this tough time, we are trying to do our part to help by offering a Commercial Drivers License (CDL), truck driver training program. We have partnered with the West Central Texas Workforce Solutions to offer the program free of charge, to those who qualify,” said Ranger College President Dr. William J. Campion. “This is another example of the commitment Ranger College has to the people in the Ranger, Brownwood, Early and Stephenville areas.

The Ranger College Truck Driving program is designed to teach students how to operate an 18-wheeler. As an over-the-road driver, students have the opportunity to travel across North America, in all kinds of weather and terrain while making a respectable wage. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported recently that most drivers start earning $21.76 an hour upon obtaining a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).

Upon graduation from the program, individuals will be qualified to secure an entry level job as an over-the-road driver with a commercial driver’s license., be aware of safety procedures; alcohol and drug effects; laws and penalties applicable to the professional driver, be proficient at performing pre-trip, on the road, and post trip vehicle and equipment inspections, be skillful in safe driving techniques, be capable of map reading, log books, cargo documentation, dispatch procedures, emergency responsibilities, and regulations of transportation agencies.

The course will consist of 200 total hours of instruction, spread out over four weeks. Classes will take place on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. or 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with an hour lunch break.

Scholarships are available for the program via the Workforce Opportunities Investment Act. Those interested can obtain an application by emailing Holly Stultz at Holly.Stultz@workforcesystem.org. The cost of the course without a scholarship is $5,000.

For more information about the class, as well as other opportunities at Ranger College, contact Dixon Bailey via email at dbailey@rangercollege.edu.

3 Responses to "Ranger College Offering Free Truck Driver Classes"

  1. M Jackson   June 17, 2020 at 5:06 PM

    Is it too late to start the Truck Driver Class?
    Will it be offered at another time?

  2. Jackson   June 17, 2020 at 12:11 PM

    Is it too late to enroll this Truck Driver Class?
    If so, will it be offered again in the future?

  3. David Fulcher   June 11, 2020 at 11:44 PM

    I would like more information about your truck driving school