Lone Star College puts truck drivers on the map

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LoneStar_truck_driversThe Port of Houston is one of the busiest in the world and relies on the transportation industry to move the tons of cargo that comes through its docks. Currently there is a shortage of trained drivers who are in high demand. According to the American Trucking Association, more than 200,000 drivers will be needed between now and 2020.

To help fill that need, many companies are turning to the Lone Star College Transportation Institute, where students can be trained as drivers in just six short weeks. In the market today, rained drivers can potentially earn $35,000 – and it’s not just a young man’s career. The average age of a LSC Transportation Institute student is 36 and 12 percent are women.

To find out more about becoming a professional truck driver, visit LoneStar.edu/Professional-Truck-Driver.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for people who are interested in having a career that offers excellent pay, good benefits and the chance to be their own boss,” said Dr. Melissa Gonzalez, LSC vice chancellor of workforce and economic development. “Many of our graduates have changed their lives and those of their families by beginning a new professional truck-driving career.”

The LSC Transportation Institute boasts a 98 percent placement rate for graduates of its Professional Truck Driver Program. Students have the opportunity to meet recruiters from over-the-road companies such as Stevens Transportation, Service Transport, Werner Enterprises, Maverick, DART Transit and US Xpress Enterprises.

One aspect of training at the institute includes training specifically for program partners like these companies. The institute recently celebrated training its 200th class for Stevens Transportation, one of the largest temperature-controlled carriers in the United States.

“In addition to these national companies who partner with us, a large number of local transport companies have also hired graduates of the LSC Transportation Institute,” said Gonzalez. “We hear from the company representatives consistently who say that our graduates have the qualities they’re looking for when filling driver positions.”

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