Sussex County Community College and 160 Driving Academy have teamed up to offer a Truck Driver Training course to prepare students for trucking careers requiring Commercial Driver’s Licenses (CDL).
The official announcement was made during a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony last week. College Administrators, board of trustees, faculty, staff and members of the 160 Driving Academy attended the celebration. Guest speakers, along with SCCC President Connolly, emphasized the importance of this type of skilled labor for the area.
“We knew that this was something that community colleges do, that we should do,” Dr. Connolly stated. “The 160 Driving Academy knew the only to accomplish getting skilled drivers on the road would be to have an instructional model that would be incredibly robust. It is based both on online and face-to-face instruction, and it is a deep consideration of that preparation for permit and licensure.”
Sussex and the 160 Driving Academy partnership began in the spring of 2018. Academy founder Steve Gold and east coast regional manager Kaylee Peterson visited the College to discuss the program and options available.
SCCC’s dean of program advancement, Dominic Carbone, noted that this program provides an opportunity for workers to earn the credentials necessary to become truck drivers, therefore filling a crucial need throughout the state.