NANTICOKE, ALZERNE COUNTY (WBRE / WYOU) – Truckers are in high demand.
But before hitting the road, drivers must undergo training and obtain a CDL license. Large platforms rolled around the driving range at Luzerne County Community College in Nanticoke. Students who learn to drive are enrolled in the commercial driver’s license training program.
“You take a vehicle that is almost 70 feet long and can weigh 80,000 pounds, so it’s imperative that they get the basics, the fundamentals, they have to be strong on those, they have to understand the safety aspects. of it, “director of training John Craven said.
The four week course is a combination of classroom and road experience. Instructors prepare students to take and pass the state commercial driver’s license test and set their future in motion.
âI’m very excited to keep the economy going, you know, because the truckers are a big part of it. And I’m really happy to be a part of it, âsaid student John Williams of Scranton.
Safety is a key component of the program that makes the transition from driving a car to driving a large tractor-trailer easier.
âBefore we even touch the vehicle, we learn all the proper handling of the vehicle, how to inspect the vehicle, make sure it complies with regulations, and from there we learn how to be safe on the road, be safe in the range, be safe with others, âsaid student Jacob Revak from Wilkes-Barre.
Craven says he’s seen an increase in the number of applicants, including female drivers.
âIt doesn’t take any special strength or anything to drive any of these things. So we’re getting a lot more bitches and it’s good to see, âCraven said.
The CDL training program at LCCC has an 88 percent placement record. For more information, visit lucerne.edu.