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Belmont College Provides More Opportunity for Training

Truck Driving Academy now offered at Belmont College Harrison County Location.

Pictured (from left to right) at the Harrison County Fairgrounds are: Chris Kellar, Vice President of the Harrison County Agricultural Society; Don Jones, President of the Harrison County Agricultural Society; Dr. Holly Bennett, Dean of Workforce and Economic Development; Barbara Pincola, Harrison County Commissioner; and Todd Horn, Harrison County Agricultural Society Board Member.St. Clairsville, OH (September 17, 2012) - In an effort to provide more workforce training prospects Belmont College is now partnering with Southern State Community College to offer a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) program to area residents. The program exceeds maximum state requirements for obtaining a CDL license and includes training to drive doubles, triples, and tankers.

The CDL program will offer a comprehensive curriculum to allow students the ability to train and test with the use of modern equipment. This equipment is comparable to what is operational today by local and national trucking fleets.

The four-week program runs Monday through Friday from 8:00am-5:00pm. Classes through the Truck Driving Academy will be held at Belmont College’s Harrison County Center with drivers training taking place at the Harrison County Fairgrounds. The use of the Fairgrounds has been made possible thanks to collaboration with the Harrison County Commissioners and the Harrison County Agricultural Society Board.

“We are thrilled to partner with Belmont College for use of the fairgrounds for CDL training,” said Don Jones, President of the Agricultural Society Board. “Training at the Fairgrounds will be a great way to keep the track in shape; this is a great use of public property.”

In addition Dr. Holly Bennett, Dean of Workforce and Economic Development at Belmont College said, “With the entrance of the oil and gas industry into our area, licensed truck drivers are in high demand. The CDL program prepares students to immediately enter the workforce after completion of the program. We are extremely grateful to have this partnership with the Agricultural Society Board Members for use of the fairground property. I would also like to thank Commissioners Bill Host, Don Bethel, and Barbara Pincola for their assistance in putting this alliance together.”

For more information about the CDL program contact the Workforce Development and Community Education Office at 740.699.3869.

Pictured (from left to right) at the Harrison County Fairgrounds are: Chris Kellar, Vice President of the Harrison County Agricultural Society; Don Jones, President of the Harrison County Agricultural Society; Dr. Holly Bennett, Dean of Workforce and Economic Development; Barbara Pincola, Harrison County Commissioner; and Todd Horn, Harrison County Agricultural Society Board Member.

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