CTD Careers Offer “Countless Opportunities” Burten says
After graduating from Oconee Fall Line Technical College’s (OFTC) Commercial Truck Driving (CTD) program in 1996 (formerly Sandersville Technical College), Gerald Burten went to work for Deaton Flatbed Company and Howard Sheppard before finding his way back into the classroom, only this time as an instructor.
“I’ve been an instructor at OFTC for 17 years and I really enjoy what I do for a living,” he shared, which is providing students with an opportunity at a great career.
Watching his students reach their goals and apply what they’ve learned in class are two things Burten enjoys most about teaching commercial truck driving. “I love watching everything come together for my students at the end of class,” he said.
Burten is passionate about the CTD field and believes it can offer someone a lot. “CTD is a field that you can make a good living in with a short time in class, and students have a wide range of career options to choose from in the transportation industry,” he said,
Not only does the field provide countless opportunities it can also offer someone a chance to travel and see places they’d never see otherwise, he said. “If you’re someone who enjoys driving and going different places then you’ll probably enjoy this field.”
“OFTC is a quality college with a top-notch group of employees,” Burten said, “and it’s a good choice because you learn a lot here and make life connections.”
If someone thinks they may be interested in starting a new career or going to college for the first time, Burten said “why not take a chance on yourself? OFTC will help you gain the skills you need to go out and either enter or re-enter the workforce and make a good living doing something you enjoy.”
Burten lives in Sandersville and is married to his wife Casandra of 26 years and has two daughters, Courtney and Yuri.