Truck driver orientation to begin at SCC

Surry Community College will be starting a new session of classes for people wanting to start a career in truck driving. Orientation will be held Sept. 21 at 10 a.m. at The Yadkin Center, 1001 College Drive, Yadkinville. Classes will begin Oct. 12 and run for nine weeks. Classes are held Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Yadkin Center’s truck driving range, 2257 Hoots Road, Yadkinville. The program is offered in cooperation with Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute.

More than 100 students have completed SCC’s Truck Driver Program and have been placed directly into jobs with recruiters attending graduations, as well as making classroom appointments with students to discuss employment opportunities. With a shortage of up to 15,000 truck drivers in North Carolina and as many as 200,000 nationally, CDL-certified drivers will easily be able to find jobs. The U.S. Department of Labor says the profession is expected to keep growing – by 11 percent during 2012-2022.

Median pay for truck drivers is $38,200 per year, according to the United States Department of Labor. Drivers with experience can make more than $50,000. Tuition for North Carolina residents to attend Surry Community College’s Truck Driving Training Program is only $1,882 whereas fees through a private vendor could be up to $3,500.

For more information about SCC’s Truck Driver Training Program or to register for the upcoming class, contact Dr. Wayne Matthews at (336) 386-3584 or You can also follow the program on Facebook @scctruckdriver.