Washburn Tech Gearing Up for New Program

August 4, 2016

Topeka, Kan. – Students can add mileage to their professional future by enrolling in Commercial Truck Driving, a new program being offered this fall by Washburn University Institute of Technology (Washburn Tech).

“Both locally and nationally, there is a huge demand for commercial truck drivers,” said Clark Coco, dean, Washburn Tech. “By putting more professionals in the driver’s seat, we hope to meet the needs of business and industry while steering individuals toward a solid career.”

Students, enrolling in Commercial Truck Driving, may opt for either a six-week program or a fast-track course that lasts for two weeks. Both pathways prepare students to earn a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and get on the road quickly. Due to the small number of credit hours, students who enroll in the program are not eligible for financial aid.

“Very few industries offer the opportunity for a good-paying career with such short-term training,” said Clay Tatro, associate dean for instruction, Washburn Tech. “With Commercial Truck Driving, we see high wage and high demand after just six weeks of full-time training.”

Washburn Tech offers more than 30 career programs in one of five divisions: Construction, Health Care, Human Services, Technology and Transportation. Short-term, continuing education courses also are available along with custom courses for business and industry. Washburn Tech, which serves both high school and adult students, has the highest placement rate in the state at 94% as well as one of the highest graduation rates.