NRCC to offer truck driving course

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Registration is under way for a short-term professional truck driving course New River Community College is offering.

During the training, participants will learn truck driving skills and take the Virginia DMV’s

Class A Commercial Driver’s test to obtain a CDL credential.

Weekend sessions will be held Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with several offerings throughout the fall.

The first session begins Saturday, Aug. 22, and runs through Dec. 13 (class ID #17836), with another session beginning Oct. 3 and running through Jan. 31 (class ID #17840), and another season begins Nov. 7 and runs through March 7 (class ID #17844).

Several weekday sessions will also be offered this fall. The sessions will be held Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

One session will begin Sept. 14 and run through Oct. 23 (class ID #17838). Another weekday session begins Oct. 12 and runs through Nov. 20 (class ID #17842), and an additional one session begins Nov. 23 and runs through Jan. 8 (class ID #17846).

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of truck drivers is projected to grow five percent from 2018 to 2028. The average annual wage for truck drivers in Virginia is $44,140. At the start of 2018, just one truck was available for every 12 loads needing to be shipped, according to an industry analysis by DAT Solutions.

The regular price for the NRCC program is $4,500; but, with special state funding, the discounted price is $1,500. Additional financial assistance may also be available.

This course is one of eleven NRCC FastForward programs that provide affordable and short-term training through the Office of Workforce Development.

To register for one of the sessions, visit www.nr.edu/workforce, Classes & Programs, Non-Credit Course Offerings and search with the class ID number or call 540-674-3613 or email

WFDtraining@nr.edu.