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Truck Driving Simulator joins CDL training program at Tillamook Bay Community College -Tillamook Bay Community College

Truck Driving Simulator joins CDL training program at Tillamook Bay Community College

October 1, 2019

Tillamook, OR – Over 35 people attended a ribbon cutting at the Partners for Rural Innovation building on September 12 to get a first-hand look and the option to drive Tillamook Bay Community College’s new Truck Driver Training Simulator. The simulator is an addition to the Truck Driver Training program launched by the college last year. The simulator can be used to train new drivers on navigating adverse weather conditions and road hazards and is programmable to simulate any type of driving challenge. It records and evaluates the sessions to show improvement and progress.  It is the only one of its kind in this region.

“The need for both a CDL training program and a simulator was brought to our attention by the local trucking industry,” states Dr. Ross Tomlin, TBCC President. “We are very excited to bring these new resources to the community. We began the program almost one year ago and have successfully held 5 classes here in Tillamook, and expanded with 3 classes in Clatsop County upon the request of Clatsop Community College. We have graduated 18 students and many are now employed locally.”

The simulator cost $115,000 and was funded entirely through grants from The Ford Family Foundation, USDA, and a grant from the Tillamook County Creamery Association Community Enrichment Committee Fund.

“The simulator is for rent to trucking companies who would like to use it to train employees. Right now, that training takes place here, but the goal is to make it mobile so the unit can travel to where ever the training is needed,” states Arlene Soto, Executive Director of the TBCC Small Business Development Center who facilitated the purchase of the new equipment.

The TBCC Truck Driver Training program includes classroom curriculum as well as 120 hours of hands on training in the truck which prepares students for the driving test to receive a Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). The simulator will be used to enhance the training. Students also learn how to work with paper logbooks, trip planning, and the pre-trip inspection of a commercial vehicle. The next class is scheduled to begin Oct. 21.

To rent time on the new simulator or to learn more about the next Truck Driver Training course contact Arlene Soto at TBCC 503-842-8222 x1410 or visit http://tillamookbaycc.edu/commercial-drivers-license-cdl-training/