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Crowder College Transport Training Gets Drivers Job Ready

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   The  Crowder College transport training program is putting students straight into the job field upon completing classes.

The partnership with trucking companies is filling a void in the industry. 

 Carmen Malave will soon graduate the class. She climbs into a big rig to practice reverse maneuvers as she prepares to test for her commercial driver’s license in her fourth week in the transport training class.

Malave said, “Beginning I’m more nervous. After the third week, no more nervous." 

New students train first on simulators which saves  some wear and tear on the trucks.

Program director Darrin Pfeifly said, “We don’t grind gears. We don’t burn up fuel which is expensive for any kind of training program with trucks." 

New student Gabriel Harter liked the simulators.  "It was awesome. It helps us get used to checking our mirrors and realizing it’s a lot longer than a car. Like when you make a turn on the simulator, if you would make a turn in the semi you could take a sign out. It will show you. It’s a lot better for it to happen on a simulator than in real life on a semi."

Malave added, “It taught me the shifting, more important down shifting and  driving with rain.”

Crowder will soon get a third simulator to add to its training program capabilities.

Crowder offers four and five week transport training programs. Some students come through open enrollment but others are sent by companies like XPO who contract with the college to get their hires ready for the road. 

Pfeifly said, “They're a contract with us. They recruit  their  own students, screen them for employ-ability, then we train them and send them back ready to go with a mentor.”

Others get grabbed by recruiters who come to the class because there's a demand for those who come out trained and job ready.

Pfeifly said, "The industry is roughly somewhere around seventy-five thousand drivers short. With most carriers, it's the retirement. Drivers are fifty-five plus, are retiring out, and there’s just not enough drivers to take their place."

And that brings students a sense of job security. Harter said, "It is, to know that once you complete this class, you pass it, you've already got a job lined up. You're not out searching figuring out which job you want to take."

Pfeifly says the class is also used by companies  post accident offering remedial training for one to three days for an experienced driver. 

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