Isothermal Community College

Continuing Education

Truck Driving Training

truck in parking lotTraining at ICC is provided through a partnership with Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute, Hudson NC. CCC&TI started training drivers in 1990 with one truck and a few students. Today they have over 70 pieces of equipment and have graduated over 2,000 CDL drivers in the past 10 years. At present Isothermal only offers full-time day classes requiring 8.5 weeks to complete.

The truck driver training programs at Hudson, Hickory, Dallas and Spindale are certified by the Professional Truck Driving Institute (PTDI) www.ptdi.org located in Alexandria, VA. PTDI is the first non-profit organization to develop uniform skills performance, curriculum and certification standards for the trucking industry and to award course certification to entry-level truck driver finishing programs.

The Federal Motor carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) supports the PTDI curriculum as representing the basis for adequate training of entry-level drivers.

Employment Outlook 

The trucking industry continues to be a major employer in the United States, with almost 9 million people employed in trucking-related jobs. Over 3 million of these are drivers of tractor-trailers operated by over 550,000 interstate motor carriers. More than 80% of U.S. cities receive their goods exclusively from trucks.

Now as freight and the economy begin to turn around the trucking industry is facing a growing epidemic across the country. As the driver shortage epidemic grows larger every day, entry-level drivers are entering a demanding field where there is a premium placed on quality student drivers fresh out of school.

At CCC&TI we have a very successful job placement program with numerous local and national trucking companies recruiting our graduates during and after each class. During the past 12 month reporting period, CCC&TI graduated 188 students with 81% of those being pre-hired prior to graduation.

Graduates from our program can expect to average $34,000 or more their first year and up to $50,000 or better with one year of experience.