SKYCTC to officially open CDL on-campus skills range with a ribbon cutting ceremony August 22nd | SKYCTC

SKYCTC to officially open CDL on-campus skills range with a ribbon cutting ceremony August 22nd

Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College (SKYCTC) will officially open the College’s Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) On-campus Skills Practice Range at the Franklin-Simpson Center on August 22, 2019.  The Office of Workforce Solutions at SKYCTC will host the Franklin-Simpson Chamber of Commerce Eye-Opener with a continental breakfast from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 8:30 a.m. The SKYCTC Franklin-Simpson Center is located at 175 Davis Drive in Franklin, KY. 

The SKYCTC Office of Workforce Solutions CDL Program was launched in June 2018 in response to local demand from business and industry for commercial truck drivers. To date 88 individuals have obtained the Class A Commercial Driver’s License through the program.

According to Bloomberg, there is a tremendous shortage of truck drivers in the U.S. with about 300,000 unfilled jobs. The nationwide shortage is mirrored in Kentucky, and with more than 13,000 trucking companies in the Commonwealth, CDL jobs are plentiful. Commercial truck driving is a high-wage as well as high-demand industry. The Kentucky Trucking Association reports that in 2016, total trucking industry wages paid in Kentucky exceeded $5 billion with an average annual trucking industry salary of $44,843.

“Eighty-nine point two percent of Kentucky communities solely rely on trucking to deliver their goods,” Kentucky Trucking Association President/CEO Rick Taylor said. “So there’s opportunity for drivers throughout the state.”

In addition to the ribbon cutting, SKYCTC will recognize and extend their appreciation to the companies and organizations that have played an integral part in making the program a reality through their support and donations.

“We’re proud to be at the forefront of educating the next generation of truck drivers,” said Dr. Kim Myers, SKYCTC Workforce Solutions Director. “Our role is to prepare the talent needed to fill jobs in our region. This is just one of many ways we’re helping alleviate the state’s workforce shortage and grow the economy.”

Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College would like to invite the community to take part in this important event.