First Students Graduate from LBCC Commercial Driver Training Program
2013-06-27 · By Editor
Long Beach City College (LBCC) in partnership with the Harbor Trucking Association (HTA) graduated the first cohort of students from the HTA Commercial Driver Training Program on Tuesday. Funded by a $440,000, two-year grant from the California Community College Chancellor’s Office and supported by more than $450,000 in industry pledges, this specialized workforce training program helps to address the shortage of licensed, short-haul truck drivers that are qualified to transport goods in and out of the local ports.
“Long Beach City College’s dedication to serving the economic development needs in the community is exemplified with the first graduating class of the first Commercial Driver Training at LBCC,” said Lou Anne Bynum, Executive Vice President of College Advancement and Economic Development.
“Thanks to our innovative partnership with the Harbor Trucking Association, we are committed to continue training our community to meet the increasing demands of our region, including the Port of Long Beach, the second busiest container port in the nation, which saw a dramatic increase in cargo earlier this year. Through our partnership with HTA, our students will now be an integral part of the freight business.”
The successful completion of this first one-of-a-kind training program, with truck driver employers participating in the classrooms, supports the industry to attract and retain trained and licensed workers during a shortage of qualified drivers, ensuring the sustenance of the industry and the continued flow of goods to the ports. To address this workforce gap, Long Beach City College and HTA joined forces to design and implement a new model of training, recruiting and professionalizing the industry to encourage a steady stream of new workforce entrants.
“The Harbor Trucking Association is proud to partner with Long Beach Community College in this important endeavor. There has been a significant driver shortage in the trucking industry throughout the nation for several months and this program is targeted at giving those individuals interested in logistics and driving a path forward,” said Fred Johring, Chairman of HTA. “We are proud to introduce the first class of new drivers to the drayage business, and look forward to partnering with them as they become the small businesses we rely on to haul freight.”
The goal of the Commercial Driver Training Program is to train and certify a minimum of 100 new drivers during its 24-month pilot, and targets an 80% employment rate for all students who complete the program.