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
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
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.