Truck driving, motorcycle courses to stress safety

Crossroads-area residents seeking the road to a good-paying job need look no further than Victoria College’s Commercial Truck Driving course. Registration is now open for this course, as well as three VC Motorcycle Basic RiderCourse classes, to be held in August at the Industrial Training Center at VC’s Emerging Technology Complex. 

During the seven-week truck driving course, which begins Aug. 17, students will experience both classroom and behind-the-wheel driving activities. The coursework includes:

  • Public, street and highway driving
  • Emphasis on safety, rules, regulations and techniques
  • Opportunities to meet with recruiters from the trucking industry

As part of the course, students will take the Commercial Driver License written and driving examinations at the Department of Public Safety. Graduates of the course will be eligible for any entry-level employment in the trucking industry.

Prior to enrolling, students are required to have a valid Texas driver’s license and complete a Texas Department of Public Safety physical examination and drug and alcohol screening.

“Truck drivers will always be in high demand,” said Mary Pullin, VC’s Workforce & Continuing Education program specialist. “In addition to behind-the-wheel training in an 18-wheeler and tanker truck, students will receive training in VC’s state-of-the-art truck driving simulator, which makes learning fun. It features driving conditions in all kinds of weather and terrain, in day and night scenarios.”

In the Golden Crescent region, truck drivers earn an average of $16 per hour and can earn as much as $51,000 annually, according to emsi Career Coach 2015.

Students interested in VC’s Motorcycle Basic RiderCourse can enroll in one of three classes offered Aug. 7-9, 21-23, and 28-30. The course is held on Friday from 6-10 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m-4 p.m, and Sunday from 8 a.m-3 p.m. The Texas Motorcycle Law requires the completion of a Basic Motorcycle Course to receive a new motorcycle license (M endorsement).

Motorcyclists who have little or no riding experience are encouraged to take the Motorcycle Basic RiderCourse.

In this course, students are taught how to operate a motorcycle, the best protective clothing to wear, how to avoid dangerous situations, and how to get out of unavoidable dangerous situations. Upon successful completion of the course, students are issued a MSB-8 certificate, which will satisfy the Texas Department of Public Safety's driving and written exams, for those 18 and older. Students less than 18 years of age will still need to take the driving portion at the Department of Public Safety office.

VC’s Emerging Technology Complex is located at 7403 Lone Tree Road in Victoria.

To register for either course, or for more information, contact Victoria College’s Workforce & Continuing Education Department at (361) 582-2528.

Published: Thursday, 30 July 2015

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