SLCC relaunches commercial truck driving program at Crowley campus to meet demand in Acadiana area for trained drivers _lowres

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South Louisiana Community College says it has relaunched its defunct commercial truck driver training program at its Crowley campus in response to an area demand for trained drivers.

The short-term commercial vehicle operator program prepares students to become licensed commercial drivers and is offered at the college’s Acadian campus in Crowley.

Willie Smith, SLCC vice chancellor for Economic and Workforce Development, said the program “held an enviable record of providing top-notch commercial driver education” in the greater Acadiana area.

“The college is poised to expand upon its offerings with the needed support of business and industry, and state and local government agencies,” Smith wrote in a news release on reviving the commercial truck driver training program.

More than 31,000 truck-driving jobs are projected by 2022 in Acadiana and across the state, based on Louisiana Workforce Commission and Lafayette Economic Development Authority data shared by the college.

“The average salary for truck drivers is $41,183,” Smith said. “SLCC is reactivating this program to address the emerging demands.”

Crowley Mayor Greg Jones said the program is a boon for the community.

“This is a great day. Commercial truck driving is such an integral part of our industry here,” Jones said.

As part of the program, students will receive instruction on operating diesel-powered tractor trailer rigs, identifying common vehicle components, handling cargo properly, backing and maneuvering tractor trailers, logging necessary paperwork and driving defensively.

Students will practice their driving skills on rural, urban and interstate roadways.

For more information, visit solacc.edu and click on “Continuing Ed” to find the course listing for the commercial vehicle operator course.