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Hamrick School offering truck driver training

3/13/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

Instructor Timothy Kowalski teaches students about truck preventive maintenance at Hamrick School.
Hamrick School instructor Michael Lyons talks to students about vehicle pre-trip inspections during a class.
Photos courtesy of Hamrick School
SHARON — The 33-year-old Hamrick School offers truck driver training at its facility, located at 1156 Medina Road.

Val Hamrick is vice president of Hamrick School, which she co-owns with her husband, Denver Hamrick, who is president and director.

“Our instructors and staff offer students the knowledge, skills and support necessary to succeed in a new career,” said Val Hamrick.

According to Hamrick, the truck driver training includes two programs. The Advanced Truck Training program is for individuals with no experience and includes information on regulations, laws and safety and practice sessions in driving tractor-trailers using various trailers.

She said the 600 Master Truck Driver Training program offers advanced training and is designed to enhance driving proficiency, according to Hamrick. It includes safe operating procedures, vehicle inspections and preventive maintenance troubleshooting. This program offers a paid externship option with a qualified driver trainer providing real world industry experience, she said.

Both programs prepare students for the Commercial Driver License (CDL) temporary permit test, the CDL skills test and entry-level employment as a driver in the trucking industry, according to Hamrick.

A day class that runs for five weeks will start March 17, and evening programs are offered quarterly for those who work during the day. Students also can apply for financial aid, she said.

“Our truck driver training is designed to help you become a safe, knowledgeable and professional driver,” said Hamrick. “We have graduated more than 10,000 students.”

According to Hamrick, the school is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) and has been recognized by ACCSC as a 2011 ACCSC School of Distinction. Also, in April 2012, Hamrick School received the 2012 Excellence in Business Award by the Greater Akron Chamber’s Small Business Council “as a prime example of a local business that has demonstrated outstanding performance, growth, staying power and innovation.”

For information on enrollment, visit www.hamrickschool.edu or call 800-470-4753.

Hamrick School will host a Career Fair May 29 from 3 to 6 p.m. with representatives of trucking companies in attendance. Hamrick said drivers and students will be available to talk to these representatives about employment opportunities and get applications.

“America needs drivers, and the Commercial Training Vehicle Association predicts there will be a shortage of 239,000 drivers in the next 10 years,” she added.

No registration is required to attend the Career Fair.

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