Continuing a partnership that began six years ago and has been strengthened over time, Kaskaskia College and the South Central Mass Transit District recently signed an agreement which will see both agencies continue their work in developing drivers who wish to obtain their commercial driver's license (CDL). Under the agreement KC will continue to use the SCT Training Facility at 100 South Poplar for the College’s Truck Driver Training Program, including using the facility’s training simulators. The College will allow SCT to use the parking lot at the KC Crisp Technology Center and the parking lots on KC’s main campus for driver training purposes.
“Kaskaskia College is pleased to have this special partnership with SCT as it truly benefits those who are looking to be employed as a truck driver, or bus driver,” said KC President Dr. Jim Underwood. “This partnership goes beyond the sharing of facilities as both institutions are working together to ensure students are served through these two programs and through a working relationship to provide transportation service for our students to KC.” SCT Managing Director Shelia Niederhofer said, “SCT is thankful for the relationship it has with Kaskaskia College and what it has brought to the truck driver training and bus driver training programs.”
Kaskaskia College’s Truck Driver Training program continues to grow, as the demand for qualified, well trained CDL drivers is projected to increase by as much as 21% over the next seven years according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Providing students with one of the most comprehensive training programs in the state, KC’s Truck Driver Training Program has a 100% job placement rate.