The Liberty County Board of Commissioners and Liberty County Development Authority, working in partnership with Savannah Technical College, have been awarded nearly $60,000 in grant funding through the Defense Community Economic Development Fund to allow expansion of Commercial Truck Driving training for transitioning service members and military spouses. The fund is administered by the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) Office of Workforce Development.
“Fort Stewart is a major economic driver in our regional economy. This grant provides new opportunities for transitioning service members to build great careers close to home in Liberty County,” said Chairman of Liberty County Board of Commissioners and member of the Liberty County Development Authority Donald Lovette.
The College offers Commercial Truck Driver’s License (CTDL) training at its campuses in Liberty County and Effingham County. The training may be completed in five weeks. While there is great demand for this training, including from transitioning service members and military spouses, enrollment is limited by the low instructor to-student ratios required during the driving portions.
Grant funding allows the College to hire additional part-time faculty to supervise student driving,
“As a hub for regional transportation, the opportunities for growth in the logistics employment sector are unlimited in Liberty County,” said Hinesville Mayor and Chairman of the Liberty County Development Authority Allen Brown. tries.”
Commercial Truck Driving is one of Georgia’s high demand jobs that qualify for the HOPE Career Grant, receiving an additional $1,000. The next five-week day class for Commercial Truck Driving begins May 28 at both the Effingham and Liberty campus locations. New students interested in enrolling in Commercial Truck Driving must be at least 18 years of age (21 years of age for interstate travel). For a full list of admission requirements, please visit: www.savannahtech.edu/programs/ commercial-truck-driving/ or contact the Industrial Technology Academic Advisor at 912.443.5859.