Hancock Community Education Offers New Commercial Truck Driving Class

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Commercial Truck Driving ClassNOVEMBER 22, 2019--Allan Hancock College Community Education now offers a free vocational education course that trains adult students for a career in the commercial trucking industry.

The course consists of two classes. The first class, Commercial Truck Driving Prep (VOCE 7800), is a five-week class that prepares students to take the DMV’s written exam and earn their commercial truck driving learner’s permit. The second course, Commercial Truck Driving: Behind the Wheel (VOCE 7801) prepares students to take the road test required to obtain a Class A or B California Commercial Driver's License. Completing the course and earning their license will allow participating students to qualify for entry-level positions in the trucking industry.

“At no cost, you can come and get trained, get your license. Basically everything you need to get started in a really great career that pays very well,” said Hancock commercial truck driving instructor Michael Cunningham. “This course is really going to provide a lot of great opportunities for people in our community.”

Cunningham, who owns his own commercial trucking company and has more than 25 years of industry experience, said the comprehensive course includes both classroom learning and hands-on driving training. The skills students learn include everything from current safety regulations and defensive driving, to the basics of driving, backing up and operating the manual transmission on a large commercial truck. Hancock provides the class with two tractors and four trailers, which the students train on at the college’s Public Safety Training Complex in Lompoc.

“It’s great that we have this equipment and the students can get to practice on the same kind of vehicles they’ll be driving in the real world,” said Cunningham. “I’m here to teach them to be knowledgeable, skilled, and professional drivers. The kind of drivers someone like me would want to hire.”

Diana Vargas, who is currently taking Commercial Truck Driving Prep, said she jumped at the opportunity to take the class.

“I have been wanting to take a class like this for years, and I felt like I finally had the opportunity to get the training I need to get my license and become a driver,” Vargas said. “It’s really exciting for me.”

There is no shortage of jobs in the commercial trucking industry for students who pass the classes and get their license. According to a recent study by the American Trucking Association (ATA), the country is currently facing an estimated shortage of nearly 60,000 commercial truck drivers.

“There’s an abundance of jobs and a shortage of drivers, so these companies are looking for qualified employees,” said Cunningham. “The students in the class are going to have all the skills they’ll need to be those employees.”

Students who pass the courses with an 80 percent or higher on all competency tests and pass the California Commercial Driver's License test will also receive a certificate of completion.

Registration is open for the ongoing Commercial Truck Driving Prep class, as well as the Commercial Truck Driving: Behind the Wheel class, which starts Jan. 13. Individuals interested in enrolling in commercial truck driving or other Community Education classes can visit www.hancockcollege.edu/communityed or call 1-805-922-6966 ext. 3209 for more information. Free copies of Community Education’s Spring Spectrum schedule are available at all college locations and have already been mailed to local residents. The schedule contains a basic listing of noncredit classes at the time of publication, as well as details on how to register for Community Education classes.

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Photo Caption: Allan Hancock College Community Education now offers a free vocational education course that trains adult students for a career in the commercial trucking industry.

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Last Modified Nov 22, 2019