Community college brings back driver training

| 3/22/2006

Rogue Community College has revived the truck driver training program at its Table Rock Campus in White City, OR.

The school had an eight-week course up until 2003, when rising costs and budget cuts forced Rogue to shut it down.

According to a press release from the school, the new version of the class – scheduled to start April 3 – will be a condensed, five-week session. Ten of these sessions will be offered during the next year.

Each session includes one week of classroom instruction and four weeks of behind-the-wheel, on-road training. Tuition for the course is $3,900.

Bill Jiron, training services coordinator, said in the press release that the school has three trucks – two 1997 Freightliners and a 1996 Volvo. Concrete blocks will be used to simulate cargo in the trailers.

“Our slogan is, ‘We’re back and we’re better,’” Jiron said. “All of our instructors have at least five years of professional driving experience.”