Southern State, Schneider Partner for Truck Driver Training Program

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Students looking to obtain a CDL would be wise to look into Southern State Community College’s TDA ASAP.
In an effort to promote and encourage careers in truck driving, Southern State has partnered with Schneider – one of the nation’s largest truckload carriers – to offer a Contract Training Program through Southern State’s Truck Driving Academy for students seeking a Class A commercial driver’s license.
The program is offered at Southern State’s 17 TDA facilities across southern Ohio.
“We partnered with Southern State because the college has a presence near a number of high-need areas in Ohio – Washington Court House, Wintersville, Cincinnati, and Columbus, to name a few,” said Rob Reich, senior vice president at Schneider. “We’ve hired many of their graduates over the years. Their training meets the highest standards and prepares graduates for the industry.”
Schneider covers the cost of the truck driving program, which includes instruction, behind-the-wheel driver training with instructors, licensing, and all endorsements. Candidates go through a pre-approval process and Schneider pays the tuition upon successful completion of the program. The program, which takes 160 hours to complete, is conducted during a standard Monday through Friday, four-week schedule.
Southern State’s Truck Driving Academy offers driver training facilities in Athens, Clinton, Hamilton, Jefferson, Meigs, Perry, Pike, Ross, and Warren counties.
“We have a strong Truck Driving Academy, and providing this opportunity with Schneider will only make it stronger,” said John Joy, Southern State’s dean of workforce development and community service. “Offering these incentives up front puts students on the fast track to a long and successful career.”
Schneider employs and leases more than 795 drivers and owner-operators throughout Ohio and is currently hiring statewide.
“We are committed to investing in the residents of the area and providing new careers,” Reich said. “Schneider’s business is growing, especially in Ohio. We are putting our money where our mouth is to develop and hire new drivers to meet our customers’ needs.”
trucksData from Schneider shows that graduates of the program can earn up to $51,000 in their first year with Schneider and more than $71,000 per year within three years. 
In addition to the Contract Training Program that Schneider offers to Southern State graduates, it also offers a tuition reimbursement program for graduates at truck driving schools.
Interested candidates can contact Southern State at 800-344-6058, ext. 4560, or Schneider at 877-782-1766. Candidates may also apply online at (select “Driving School Programs” and complete the pre-approval form).