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Oct. 7

Oct. 7, 2016





Derek Rayment

Public Relations Specialist, Office of Public Affairs



Trucking program’s new six-week layout to help fill driver shortage


OMAHA, Neb. — Metropolitan Community College has restructured its CDL Class-A Truck Driving Program to a six-week requirement, creating a more student-friendly format. The shift is to not only help students earn a CDL license and an education faster, but also to assist in filling a driver shortage regionally.


Prior to the restructuring, it would take students nine weeks to complete the program. With the new system, students can now sign-up for classes more frequently and finish in a timelier manner. Another goal is to meet the needs of the workforce.


“The American Trucking Association says a deficit of 48,000 drivers is expected as the new calendar year approaches. If that were to continue, there’d be a shortage of more than 175,000 by 2024,” said Deb Eppenbaugh, executive director of MCC’s Applied Technology Center.


Students in MCC’s program will not only earn their license but will learn safe driving, vehicle inspections and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. The courses also address truck controls, shifting, driving, backing and cargo handling. Skills such as customer relations, trip planning, map reading and electronic logs are also covered.


For additional information about the CDL Class-A Trucking Driving Program at MCC, visit or call 531-MCC-5813.




Metropolitan Community College, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, is a comprehensive, public community college that offers affordable, quality education to all residents of Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington counties. Founded in 1974, MCC has the largest enrollment out of six community colleges in Nebraska and is the second largest postsecondary institution in the state. MCC serves more than 40,000 unique credit and noncredit students.