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Nelson successful with OFTC’s Commercial Truck Driving 

Louisville, GA - After four unsuccessful attempts at obtaining his CDL license at a private commercial truck driving school, Jamie Nelson was not sure about his ability to drive a truck but was not ready to give up.

 

Jamie had heard of Oconee Fall Line Technical College’s Commercial Truck Driving Program and thought that he would give it another attempt at a different school.

 

Jamie was amazed when he started his class at OFTC’s Jefferson County Center in Louisville.  Not only did the instructors have vast knowledge of the business, but they also had real world, over-the-road experience. 

 

“OFTC did not offer just one type of tractor and one type of trailer for me to learn with,” said Jamie. “They had many different types of equipment – different tractor manufacturers, different transmissions (various speeds, manual, automatic), various length trailers, flatbeds, lowboys, and a drop deck flatbed.  OFTC also has a 53’ refrigerated trailer; tankers with baffles, bulkheads, and smooth bore. They even have a dump trailer for you to train on.”

 

“OFTC students are exposed to a variety of equipment during their tenure in the CTD program,” said Roy Williams, OFTC Dean of Trades and Industrial/Transportation. “The transportation industry encompasses many possibilities that require a broad knowledge of types and applications of equipment. Our graduates are trained to be able to adapt to whatever challenges that may occur in the workplace, and our instructors have a wealth of experience in these areas that is a benefit to our students in preparation for their new career on the road.”

 

In the classroom, Jamie learned skills such as logging, map reading, trip planning, accident prevention, state and federal regulations, how to fill out necessary records and forms, and the handling of hazardous materials.

 

Jamie also received many hours of on the road training and range training while in class. He put in over 14 hours and 550 behind-the-wheel driving miles on the road, and an additional 30 hours behind-the-wheel on OFTC’s driving ranges. 

 

On the range, Jamie learned up shifting and down shifting, how to make wide turns on public highways, how to perform a pre-trip inspection, and various maneuvers like parallel parking, alley docking, offset, and straight line backing to name a few.

 

Jamie also was able to practice driving in the bigger cites like downtown Augusta, receiving the training that he would need to drive anywhere in the United States his tractor may take him.  

 

Jamie has now successfully completed the CTD program at OFTC, earned his CDL, and is considering positions with 3 national carriers. With the extensive education and training that he has received from a trusted CTD program, Jamie now has options for his career.

 

One of the carriers Jamie is considering is Superior Carriers. The terminal manager at Superior Carriers told Jamie that several OFTC graduates work for her and have made over $60,000 in their first year. In fact, the only inexperienced drivers that she will hire are OFTC graduates.

 

“I have a very bright future thanks to my instructor and OFTC,” said Jamie.

 

The next Commercial Truck Driving (CTD) classes begin January 8th or 9th, depending on your preferred location and choice of day or evening class. Classes are offered at OFTC’s campuses and ranges in Sandersville, Dublin, Louisville and Sparta.

 

Financial aid and payment plans are available for this 10-week program. To learn more, contact your local OFTC Admissions Office at admission@OFTC.edu, (478) 553-2064 in Sandersville or  (478) 274-7842 in Dublin.

 

Don’t wait! Enroll today for a great career in commercial truck driving.

     

 

120312 Nelson 

 

2012-12-03  

 

 


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