In 2018, the nation’s over-the-road trucking industry reached a shortage of 60,800 drivers even though 3.5 million commercial drivers were employed last year. As the shortage continues to grow, the American Trucking Association (ATA) estimates that industries’ need for tractor-trailer drivers who hold a Class A Commercial Drivers License (CDL) will reach a demand for 1.1 million new hires across the United States between now and 2028 due to aging employees and manufacturing growth.
On Sept. 24, Del Mar College (DMC) and Coastal Bend College (CBC) leadership, including DMC Vice President for Workforce Development and Strategic Initiatives Lenora Keas and CBC Interim President Dr. Carry DeAtley, signed a Transportation Training Agreement as a partnering initiative to meet the need for commercial truck drivers in South Texas. The partnership specifically targets Coastal Bend’s service area in Atascosa and surrounding coiunties.
CBC Continuing Education will offer the CDL training to their students with Del Mar’s Transportation Training Services program teaching at Coastal Bend’s Pleasanton campus.