SPC Driving School gets approval as state testing site

SPC Driving School gets approval as state testing site

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Truck driving is one of the fastest growing industries in the labor force.

In fact, it is expected to grow 21 percent over the next 10 years, according to market research.

With approval from the Texas Department of Public Safety, South Plains College now has a testing site for its commercial driving students.

This means the process to obtaining a CDL will be significantly shortened.

The Director of Workforce Development at South Plains, Jay Warnick, said this is a big milestone for the college.

"You'll get great training to be a licensed professional driver and understand the safety, mechanics, and everything involved with it. So this will provide great training, allow you to get your license, and get that great job," Warnick said.

He added without a test site on campus, students could wait months before being scheduled for a driving exam.

Now, it will only take four weeks from being in the classroom to being behind the wheel.

"At some of these other schools, you're stuck waiting. You may finish the school and now you're just waiting until you can get that appointment with the DPS. You come to South Plains College, and in four weeks, you'll be done," Warnick said.

Warnick said this just emphasizes SPC's top priority: Putting students on the fast track to full-time jobs.

"It's just a great opportunity. In four weeks, you'll be able to walk out and get a job. The average job out here is probably in the $40,000 to $50,000 range for a driver right now," Warnick said. 

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