OFTC Announces Construction of New Truck Driving Range

OFTC Commercial Truck Driving (CTD) students checking walking the range.

DUBLIN, GA–Oconee Fall Line Technical College announces the start of construction on a new Commercial Truck Driving (CTD) training range for its Dublin campus.

This project was made possible through Georgia Governor Brian Kemp’s Emergency Education Relief Fund Grant award (GEER II). Specifically for the education-to-workforce pipeline for commercial drivers, Governor Kemp directed these funds to support the critical need for more commercial drivers and workforce training opportunities, further addressing the supply chain issues impacting the state.

The College operates commercial truck driving programs in Dublin, Sandersville and Louisville, Georgia. However, OFTC’s Dublin campus does not have a range and has been utilizing a large parking lot for many years to serve students. The new range will allow the College to broaden access to their students and the ability to add additional faculty members to increase capacity in the program.

“It was exciting to see the first trees being cut last week,” said Erica Harden, President of OFTC. “We have been planning to build this range for many years, and thanks to Governor Kemp we are finally able to move forward. Our commercial truck driving program prepares hundreds of students each year for an exciting career, and we have excellent faculty members who can about the quality of instruction. So, it is important for the college to provide equipment and facilities to enhance our instructional programs.”

OFTC’s Dublin campus is adjacent to Interstate-16 midway between Macon and Savannah, Georgia. The expansion of the Port of Savannah will also spur economic opportunities in southeast Georgia, as there are already more CTD jobs than there are drivers to fill those rolls. Expanding the capacity of OFTC’s commercial truck driving program will help to meet Georgia’s strategic workforce needs.

The existing driving range in Dublin will remain in use while the new training range is constructed until it opens later this summer.

To learn more about OFTC’s commercial truck driving programs or how to apply, visit the college’s website at OFTC.edu.