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Graduates standing in group outdoors with certificates

Fourteen new truck drivers graduate

By: Mike Gavin
Published: May 18, 2023

SPINDALE (May 18, 2023) — Fourteen new truck drivers will hit the road after graduating with commercial certifications and licenses at Isothermal Community College recently. 

The graduates are Carlos Blanton, Austin Franklin, Charity Holland, Christine Ledford, Gabriel Levert, Derick Logan, Jason Madison, Deondray McCoy, Carmie McIntosh, Caleb Oaks, Felicia Petty, Tyrese Tate, Ramone Snow, and John Rathburn. 

 The class, which started earlier this year, helped the graduates get DOT Class A permits, CDL licenses, and other necessary certifications to become truck drivers.  

“This is a great opportunity for students to learn a new career that offers a potential of great stability and nice income,” said Mark Franklin, director of Customized Training at Isothermal.  

The eight-and-a-half week class featured classroom and on-the-road instruction. A new class will begin later this year, but the exact date has not yet been set. 

The class was offered in a collaborative effort with Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute. 

For more information or to get on the waiting list for the next class, contact Dee Spurlin at 828-395-1416 or