TSTC launches Commercial Driver’s License training

Texas State Technical College West Texas received a $100,000 grant from the Texas Workforce Commission to design oil field-related truck driving and safety programs. Funds will allow TSTC West Texas to purchase the equipment necessary to build a mock oil field for training truck operators. Students will receive a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), safety certifications and gain actual hands-on experience working with vacuum truck operations in the oil industry.Most CDL programs are designed to train students for what the industry calls over-the-road positions. Graduates of the TSTC program could get an over-the-road job, but will also complete the training for the local jobs transporting water and crude oil. “These jobs can provide a starting yearly wage of more than $50,000. “By investing less than six weeks of time, a graduate can earn a starting salary of more than $50,000,” said Dixon Bailey, Vice President of Workforce Development at TSTC West Texas. “This is very appealing to prospective students.”The program will be located at the Sweetwater campus, where housing and meals can be provided if needed. The program is less than six weeks long, and is taught in a hands-on format. For more information on the program, call Cindy Brunett at 325.672.1590.