Hill Carries on Family Trucking Legacy as 1st Female Driver
Coming from a family with a rich history of long-haul truck driving, Itangelia Hill wanted to carry on her family’s on-the-road legacy.
“I came from a long line of truckers,” Hill shared. “My dad, uncles and cousins all led the way. I wanted to be the first woman in my family to accomplish this goal and I’m proud to say that I am a woman trucker.”
Hill worked at a truck stop for nearly a decade, and after being exposed to so many in the industry she was inspired to take the next step and earn her commercial truck driving license.
In January Hill went to Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC) in Louisville and signed up to take Commercial Truck Driving (CTD) classes.
“I really liked my CTD classes at OFTC,” Hill said. “What I liked most about the program was there was always one dedicated instructor that motivated me to be successful throughout the course.”
Two of those staff members who made an impact were Roy Williams, Dean of OFTC’s T&I program and CTD instructor, Gerald Burton. “Mr. Roy Williams believed in me and he gave me the opportunity to succeed by helping to open some doors for me that were closed, and Gerald took extra time to ensure that I was proficient in my training.”
Not only did she get one-on-one instruction from her teachers, but the program itself was surprisingly affordable, Hill said. “The CTD program at OFTC was funded by the Hope Career Grant so I graduated debt free.”
Hill completed her program in ten short weeks and landed a job with U.S. Xpress in Chattanooga, Tenn., before she ever walked across the stage during the College’s June commencement ceremony.
Excited about her future, Hill says that “CTD as a profession will allow me to see the country and provide financial stability as I accomplish my life goal.”
“I’m an over-the-road commercial driver and I travel 48 states and deliver a variety of goods and supplies,” she added. “I safely drive a commercial truck while maintaining the security of goods until delivered to its final destination, and one of my many responsibilities is to maintain an electronics log that tracks my time and destinations.”
Only a few months into her job, Hill already knows she made the right decision pursing commercial truck driving as a career. “My knowledge and skills in commercial truck driving provided me with a career path and allowed me an opportunity to travel the country, which I really like.”