Scholarships provide tuition-free truck driving training

07.29.2016 | By Rob Vanya

Students who want to learn truck driving have a golden opportunity to receive training at virtually no cost.

In partnership with San Jacinto College, Gulf Coast Workforce Solutions is offering $80,000 in scholarships for qualifying individuals interested in becoming truck drivers. The scholarship funds will provide $3,200 per student, thus allowing qualifying students to take truck driving courses tuition free. Students who qualify for the scholarships would only have to pay for their learners’ permits, and commercial driver’s licenses.

Students who want to apply for the funding need to act quickly. The scholarships will fund training for 25 San Jacinto College students, and will be available only until December 31, 2016.

Anyone who wants to apply for the funding to learn truck driving must contact one of the area designated Workforce Solutions offices to schedule an information session, any time between 1:30 and 4 p.m. The contact information, locations, dates and times of the information sessions are as follows:

• Cypress Station Office, 70 FM 1960 West #A, Houston, 77090, phone: 281-891-2850, Thursday, Aug. 18, 1:30 to 4 p.m.;

• Northline Office, 4424 North Freeway, Suite A, Houston, 77022, phone: 713-692-7755, Thursday, Aug. 25, 1:30 to 4 p.m.;

• Southeast Office, 12148-B Gulf Freeway, Houston, 77034, phone: 713-576-2580, Thursday, Sept. 8, 1:30 to 4 p.m.;

• Astrodome Office, 9315 Stella Link, Houston, 77025, phone: 713-661-3220, Thursday, Sept. 15, 1:30 to 4 p.m.

San Jacinto College’s truck driving program began in 1980, making it one of the oldest truck driving schools in the area. After a six-week course, entry-level drivers can test for a commercial driver’s license (CDL) from the State of Texas and begin a career. The program prepares students for the Class A CDL, so drivers are qualified for a full variety of loads and vehicles.

Truck driving is a high-demand career in the greater Houston area. According to the Texas Workforce Commission, employment for truck drivers in the region is projected to grow 23 percent by 2022. The average annual salary for truck drivers in the region is $46,815, or $22.51 per hour.

To find out more, please visit sanjac.edu/continuing-professional-development/truck-driving.

About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.

For more information about San Jacinto College, please call 281-998-6150, visit www.sanjac.edu, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.