The College of Southern Idaho has teamed with Sage Truck Driving Schools to offer truck driving classes at the College of Southern Idaho’s Twin Falls campus.
The program provides students with the training necessary to earn their Class A commercial driver’s license, including endorsements for double and triple trailers, tankers, and hazardous materials. Classes run from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each Monday through Friday and consist of intensive classroom and behind-the-wheel training. Students can opt for a four- or five-week course depending on how much driving time they sign up for. Specialized training course are also available to fit the individual needs of local trucking companies.
“We’re excited to open this new program. We feel it’s going to fill a tremendous need, especially in the Twin Falls and surrounding area,” said CSI Technical Division Dean Terry Patterson. “CSI has received many requests over the years for a truck driving school. The partnership with Sage will benefit everyone.”
Sage Schools started in 1989 and has grown to 24 locations throughout the United States. Many are affiliated with colleges. “One of the things that sets us apart from other truck driving schools is that we only have one student per truck. This gives the student focused, individualized training with no distractions," said Barbara Blake, Western Regional Director for SAGE. "We also work closely with the local and regional trucking companies to help place our students in good jobs immediately upon their graduation from the program. We continue to assist all of our certificate program graduates with lifetime placement assistance as long as they hold their CDL in good standing."
Demand for truck drivers with a Class A CDL remains high with entry level jobs starting between $35,000 and $45,000 a year in southern Idaho.
The Twin Falls office is managed by Sandy Taylor. Taylor says a new group starts every Monday, year around. Class groups vary from two to twelve students, depending on how many are signed up for that week. Taylor also consults with students about payment options, which can include assistance from granting agencies such as WIA and Vocational Rehabilitation, as well as several local/regional agencies and private student loan options.
For more information, call 208-933-2346. Information is also available at www.sageschools.com.