Shawnee Community College to receive $450K to expand truck driving program

ULLIN, Ill. (KBSI) – Shawnee Community College will receive $450,000 to expand its Truck Driving Program.

The college will conduct a feasibility study to expand the program to the Cairo Extension Center and hire additional instructors.

This is due to the increased demand for truck drivers.

U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) secured more than $182 million through Congressionally-directed spending for Illinois projects in the Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) Omnibus Appropriations Act.

“We’re excited. Truck driving is a growing industry. We’ve seen a need for it,” said Shawnee Community College Public Information Executive Director Kevin Hunsperger.

He says the federal funding is a great way for the program to grow.

“In August of 2022, we were able to take the program from here on our main campus and expand that to our Metropolis extension center,” Hunsperger said.

With the addition of $450,000, he says the truck driving program can get new updated equipment and supplies for the students to learn with.

“But also do a feasibility study and see about taking the program to our Cairo extension center as well,” he said.

That will provide new opportunities for students and people in the surrounding areas.

We are always looking forward to students enrolling and being a part of this,” said Hunsperger.

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