HCC-Northeast offers fast-track truck driver training course

Looking for fast-track training leading to a high-paying career in the transportation industry?

Try the Roland Smith Commercial Truck Driving school on the Northeast Campus of the Houston Community College System-Northeast College, located near the junction of 1-10 East and Loop 610 at 555 Community College Drive.

Established in January 1995 with one truck, one instructor, one director, one secretary and four students, the school is now one of the largest publicly-funded truck driving schools in the United States with 21 trucks and 32 trailers, 24 full and part time faculty and staff, and 1,400 graduates a year. In its first six years of operation, the school has trained over 6,000 students.

The modern facilities and equipment, in addition to experienced instructors, have made Commercial Truck Driver Training HCCS’ fastest- growing certificate program. Of the more than 800 truck driving schools in the nation, HCC’s school is one of only 72 certified by the Professional Truck Driving Institute (PTDI). It is the only school in the Texas Gulf Coast region to offer the PTDL certified course.

The Commercial Truck Driving program is an intense course of instruction designed with the student in mind.

The six-week-and-two-day program contains a minimum of 125 hours of classroom instruction and 44 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction. Students meeting certain guidelines may qualify for a federal grant program funded by The Workforce Investment Act to pay for the training.

With a nationwide shortage in the trucking industry of 80,000 drivers projected to grow at a rate of five percent a year for the next 18-20 years and an average entry-level annual salary of $35,000, it’s easy to see why the HCC-Northeast College’s truck driving program offers hope and opportunity for those interested in getting in the driver’s seat of this dynamic industry.

For more information about the Roland Smith Commercial Truck Driving School, call 713-718-8200.