Columbus Tech involved in trucking program

Columbus Technical College has joined West Georgia Technical College in LaGrange, Ga., in a commercial truck driving program.

Ray Benefield is the program director for Commercial Truck Driving at West Georgia which has offered the program through its Economkoc Development Department since 2001.

"Since we began the program we've graduated more than 800 students. There is always a need for qualified drivers," Benefield said in a release.

He said starting salaries are usually in the $35,000 - $40,000 range.

The program includes seven weeks of classroom work in addition to driving at a facility at 1018 Morris Road in Columbus.