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Fort Bragg Press Release: Fort Bragg Commercial Truck Driver Course at Fairgrounds
Britt Colley, NCTA Chairman & President, Epes Transport Systems
NCDoT Secretary Tony Tata
Click here to view photos at the Fort Bragg Press Conference.
North Carolina Trucking Industry Facts
· The estimate demand for an additional 13,575-15,150 heavy-duty long-distance truck drivers in North Carolina in 2014. (white paper attached)
· In 2012, the trucking industry in North Carolina provided 186,100 jobs, or one out of 17 in the state.
· Total trucking industry wages paid in North Carolina exceeded $7.8 billion.
· Trucks transported 89% of total manufactured tonnage in North Carolina.
· 86% North Carolina communities depend exclusively on trucks to move their goods.
· The Forecast, a report on the present and future of the long-haul truck driver pool, predicts the shortage of long-haul truck drivers will increase to 111,000 by 2014 if current demographic trends stay their course and if the overall labor force continues to grow at a slower pace.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Crystal Collins
August 22, 2013 (919) 281-2746
FMCSA, NCDMV, Johnston Community College, Fort Bragg Kick Off New Truck Driver Training Courses
Fort Bragg, NC August 22, 2013
The Johnston Community College Truck Driving School began its Fort Bragg commercial truck driver training this week. It is a series of six eight-week training course taught at Fort Bragg funded by a grant awarded to the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (NCDMV) by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
In 2010 the NCDMV was awarded a grant from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) for collaboration with Johnston Community College to offer training to exiting military and their spouses upon completion of their service to our country.
The eight week course is limited to a maximum of 16 soldiers and/or spouses. Normally this type of training cost over $1,000. Because of this grant each student will be responsible for paying $120 in fees, includes a $15 driving permit, a $30 commercial driver licenses application fee and upon successful completion of the course, $75 for a five-year North Carolina Commercial Driver License.
North Carolina Trucking Association (NCTA) member companies donated equipment to the Johnston Community College for the Fort Bragg training. The companies are Epes Transport Systems, Greensboro, NC; Old Dominion Freight Line, Thomasville, NC; Salem Leasing Corporation, Winston-Salem, NC; and Unifi Manufacturing, Yadkinville, NC. NC Road Team Captain, Sherman Daniel, professional truck driver for Epes Transport Systems, was on hand to interview with the media. Cargo Transporters 2012 “Ride of Pride” tractor driven by Professional Truck Driver Derrick Whittle was present for the event. Whittle spent time with soldiers in the driver seat explaining the latest technology on his truck.
“NCTA members definitely support this program and currently hire driver graduates from the Johnston Community College Truck Driving School. All students graduating from the Fort Bragg [training] will have a job”, NCTA Chairman and President of Epes Transport Systems in Greensboro, NC, Britt Colley said. “The North Carolina trucking industry estimates a demand for an additional 15,000 heavy-duty long-distance truck drivers in 2014.”
NCTA members interested in hiring a military graduate should contact Paul Jump, Director of the Truck Driving School at the Johnston Community College, (919) 464-2331 or (919) 464-2339.