LIBERTY CO, GA (WTOC) - More business on our waterways and railways also means there is an increased need for trucks to haul goods.
Tuesday, Savannah Technical College opened the new Liberty Commercial Driving Range that is expected to help meet the growing need for big rig drivers.
Savannah Tech used to use the old airport runaway for truck classes, but Tuesday they celebrated a new space.
“So, I’ve just got phenomenal leaps and bounds compared to what I had,” said Tom Amacher, Savannah Tech, CDL Department Head.
With a larger pad and a half-mile track, it allows more students to work on maneuvers at once.
“The port is growing, so they’re needing more trucks and that’s what we’re after and we’re going to provide for them,” said Joseph Powell, Savannah Tech, Dean of Industrial Technology.
“Right now, the industry is hollering, ‘we don’t have enough drivers, we don’t have enough drivers.’ It’s all we ever hear, so I’m doing what I can to help fill those seats,” Amacher said.
Savannah Tech is filling the need with a track record of 100 percent placement upon graduation. Crystal Lopez is a recent graduate who decided to drive for herself.
“We own our own business right now," Lopez said. “We have two trucks so far with our company, and we’re getting ready to increase it here soon."
Savannah Tech leaders say they will increase the number of students in the classroom to help fill the need for CDL drivers.
“Now, it’s kinda like filling to ocean with a teaspoon,” Amacher said. “But, it’s my teaspoon and I’m gonna sling it.”
Students WTOC spoke with say they feel very prepared to hit the road when they graduate.