How many times have you heard and/or seen the old saying “keep on truckin’?” While people typically use this expression to encourage others in tough and troubling situations, it can also serve as a reminder of a potentially rewarding career opportunity.
Hinds Community College and KLLM Transport Services announced a new collaboration that would provide truck driving students with full Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) training at no cost. Each scholarship is worth $4,000 and covers the tuition of the 8 week training program as well as the following 8 week KLLM internship. To be eligible for a scholarship, a student must be at least 21 years old, have a high school diploma or GED and work a minimum of one year for KLLM following graduation.
This partnership is an excellent opportunity for those looking for gainful employment in today’s tough economy. Truck driving students in this program are able to learn a valuable trade in a short amount of time without the burden of paying back student loans. Graduates of this program are also guaranteed a job with KLLM after completing CDL training. An additional opportunity to own and operate their own truck is available for truck drivers after one year of employment with KLLM.
Working as a truck driver is an unique experience in that it allows employees to travel across the country. Truck drivers are usually in a different town, city, or even state every day. Being able to travel across the country and interact with different people regularly is a luxury; many Americans are only able to travel during scheduled vacations or after they retire.
The CDL course includes:
- Department of Transportation rules and regulations
- Mississippi requirements for obtaining a commercial driver’s license
- operation of a semi tractor-trailer
To learn more about the Commerical Truck Driving program at Hinds Community College, check out the Commercial Truck and Bus Driving program page or
On Tuesday, October 2nd, Hinds Community College’s Rankin Campus hosted its annual iTechnology Show for Rankin County high school students at the Clyde Muse Center. The show featured several of Hinds CC’s academic and career/technical programs as well as local businesses. This was my first time going to the event and I was very excited to experience all the iTechnology show had to offered.
When I entered the Muse Center, I had no idea what to expect. As I continued on into the show area, I was surprised to see a live fashion show being held. The fashion show, sponsored by Hinds CC’s Fashion Marketing Management Technology program, featured Hinds CC students and local high school students modeling the latest fashion styles and trends on a real catwalk. The show was very authentic; photographers and videographers documented the models’ every move and an emcee described the fashions from head to toe. I was really impressed by the amount of detail and professionalism that went into making this show.
Next, I stopped by Hinds CC’s Culinary Arts Technology program booth. At this station, several culinary arts students were demonstrating how to make bananas foster. The student chefs wowed the crowd with their flambé and its end result, a wonderfully tasty dessert. The culinary arts students also gave out copies of the dessert recipe and answered questions about the program. This area was very popular with show attendees because the dessert was absolutely delicious!
After leaving the culinary arts technology booth, I checked out a series of career/technical programs including Collision Repair Technology, Drafting & Design Technology, Electrical Technology, Landscape Management Technology and Plumbing Technology. I was able to learn a lot about each program, including total length, course expectations and future career opportunities. I enjoyed being able to interact with professors and students who gave me firsthand knowledge of what it’s like to teach and study in each program.
Overall, I had a wonderful time at the iTechnology Show! I learned a lot about the different programs Hinds CC has to offer and enjoyed meeting faculty and students. I wish an opportunity such as this one existed when I was in high school; it would have been nice to learn about different career industries and opportunities before starting college.