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New class offers cheaper CDL class for truck drivers

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It's an industry that is in desperate need of qualified candidates.  According to the American Trucking Association, officials say there is a shortage of 20,000 to 30,000 truckers, but one local man is doing all he can to change that.

Many truck drivers have had to shell out thousands of dollars to get trained for a commercial driver's license.  With a class costing $1,000, some like Thomas Miller say it's cheap.

"Usually somewhere around $3,500 is the cheapest I've heard.  Most companies charge upwards of $5,000 tuition for commercial driver's school," he said.

Miller admits he hasn't heard of this class before. While he says he's impressed, he says he's also concerned.

"Right now, it's going to make it more affordable to get more inexperienced drivers out on the road," Miller said.  

Tim Cochran, who says he's had his CDL for years, came up with the idea. He said he started the class to help people who may not be able to afford the college prices.

 "I think they are pretty expensive. What we offer is quite a bit more affordable than what you have to pay at a full college. We don't have the overhead that a college has so that's where we can make a difference I think," he said.  

Cochran warns those interested in the field that it's not easy. He said students will have to get 40 hours of training before they can get their license and get out on the road.

"There's a lot involved when you think about having 30,000 pounds of cargo behind you. The trucks are big so in and out of traffic is a lot more difficult than getting in and out of your little car, so there is a lot of training," Cochran said.

Cochran says classes will start on October 20th but you can still apply.  For more information, you can click on this link.

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