Daytona State College launches Commercial Driver’s License Training Program at its Advanced Technology College
DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. (March 28, 2023) – Daytona State College leaders held a ribbon-cutting ceremony today celebrating the launch of a Commercial Driver’s License training program in partnership with FleetForce Truck Driving School.
The program leverages $1.3 million allocated to DSC by Gov. DeSantis and the state Legislature to address the nation’s supply chain issues and ongoing need for certified commercial freight haulers. An estimated 1,200 commercial truck drivers retire every week, and the trucking industry projects a need for 1.1 million more drivers over the next decade to meet consumer demand.
“Our mission is to meet the needs of our constituents – the citizens and business leaders of Volusia and Flagler counties,” said Dr. Tom LoBasso, President of Daytona State College. “This program gives students an opportunity to quickly learn new skills in a high-demand field and helps address the challenges to our transportation and supply chain issues."
The first class of eight students starts April 10 at DSC’s Advanced Technology College and is already full. The College plans to start a new class every week and expects to train 200 drivers annually.
The four-week, 160-hour program consists of one week of classroom time and three weeks of time in a truck. As part of the College’s partnership with FleetForce, DSC is providing classroom and office space and a driving pad, and FleetForce is conducting the training and providing the vehicles.
The state funding covers 77% of tuition for each student for the first year of the program. Daytona State has already begun working with local employers to create scholarship opportunities for students to have the balance of their tuition covered by employers in return for an employment commitment for a specified amount of time.
For inquiries regarding the CDL training program, email CBI@DaytonaState.edu or call 386-506-3858.
About FleetForce Truck Driving School
Established in 1981, FleetForce Truck Driving School is the fastest-growing Commercial Driver's License (CDL) institute in the nation. It is licensed by the Florida Department of Education, the Committee for Independent Education, and the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Headquartered in Sarasota/Bradenton, FleetForce delivers industry-leading training to aspiring commercial truck drivers, which benefits the U.S. economy. Additional FleetForce locations are in Winter Haven, Venice, Palm City, Niceville, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Daytona Beach, Ocala, New Port Richey, Lake City, and Gainesville, Florida. Visit www.fleetforcetruckdrivingschool.com [r20.rs6.net] for more information.
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Offering more than 100 certificate, associate and bachelor’s degree programs, Daytona State College is the leader in education and workforce training needs of Volusia and Flagler counties and beyond for more than 60 years. The College enrolls approximately 23,000 students a year at its seven campuses, with graduates serving in critical fields including healthcare, emergency services and public safety, business, education, hospitality, engineering, technology, digital media, and more.
Daytona State has been recognized as a leader in higher education numerous times. U.S. News & World Report ranks the College among the Top Tier Best Online Bachelor’s Programs. The U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency Center ranks DSC among the top 50 most affordable public four-year institutions in the country, with less than half the tuition of the national average. Community College Week, a leading publication in higher education, annually features Daytona State in its list of Top 100 Associate Degree Producers. And U.S. News & World Report has ranked DSC among its Top Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans multiple times.