WCTC completes Transportation Building
PEWAUKEE – Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) recently completed its new Transportation Building, a 5,300-square-foot facility to be used for the college’s Truck Driving technical diploma program. The building’s completion was commemorated with a ribbon cutting and open house held June 11.
“The Transportation Building provides our Truck Driving students with ample room to practice the skills needed to become safe and confident drivers,” said Mike Shiels, WCTC’s dean of the School of Applied Technologies.
The building features two classrooms, a break room and maintenance storage, and will be used primarily for truck driving classes, but also motorcycle classes. The facility houses three truck-driving simulators and has space for two trucks so students can conduct pre-trip inspections, which is a component of the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) test. The bay can also fit a pick-up truck that hauls cones and other props used during training on the Emergency Vehicle Operator Course (EVOC) track. The Transportation Building is located near the EVOC track on the south end of campus for continuity of training.
WCTC’s Truck Driving program began in 1993 as a three-week program. In 2004, it became the 10-week program it is today. In the last year and a half, more than 100 students have received their technical diploma in Truck Driving.
The success of the program is due in part to the quality of the college’s Truck Driving instructors. Instructor Charles Miller recently won the national Compliance Safety Accountability (CSA) Truck Driving Competition sponsored by AT&T and Big Truck TV. The challenge celebrates excellence in both the knowledge and practice of safe trucking.
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