National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

Published 11:48 am Thursday, September 15, 2016

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is Sept. 11-17.

“For the past 20 years, Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) has successfully trained 2,029 people for careers in this industry,” according to a release from the school. “The college’s Truck Driver Training Program is recognized by companies as a top-notch, high quality program to train the employees they want to hire.”

According to Dale Bennett, President and CEO of Virginia Trucking Association in “Heroes of the Highway” published Sunday, “These drivers delivered nearly 10 billion tons of freight last year. Here in Virginia, trucking transports 88 percent of our total manufactured freight.” 

He also noted, trucking employs more than 150,940 Virginians including 55,100 tractor-trailer and delivery truck drivers.

SVCC offers this training in three locations: Blackstone, South Boston and Emporia.