HAMILTON — Bevill State Community College has launched a truck driver training program on its Hamilton campus.
Classes for the seven-week program began April 29, and participants will receive a Read-to-Work certificate in addition to CDL training. Four students are taking part in the first round of course offerings.
A press release from Bevill State Community College in April states that Bevill State President Dr. Kim Ennis signed a memorandum of agreement with the Marion County Commission on April 15, which will allow the college to use the CDL training lot at the Marion County Rankin-Fite Airport for the program.
“We are excited about this new program opportunity on the Hamilton campus," Ennis said. "Forming partnerships, such as this one with the Marion County Commission, allows us to expand training and workforce opportunities throughout our service area. This fosters economic growth for the region.”
Sumiton is the only other Bevill State campus where a truck driver training program is offered.
BSCC Dean of Workforce Solutions and Economic Development Al Moore said a Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) grant from the Workforce Development Division of the Alabama Department of Commerce funded a training vehicle for the program. The purpose of WIOA is to help people who are seeking employment and training by enhancing programs across the nation.
“We are grateful to the Workforce Development Division of the Alabama Department of Commerce for their support of this project. We see this as an opportunity to support the need for truck drivers in this region,” Moore said.
Only those who qualify for WIOA funds are eligible for the truck driver training program, according to a statement from the college.
Interested parties for the truck driver training program should contact Amanda Clement-Tice with Bevill State at email@example.com. She can also be reached at 800-648-3271, ext. 5323. Applicants must register through the Alabama Career Center at Bevill State's Hamilton campus.