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New scholarship paves path to transportation careers

A new scholarship is available to students enrolled in commercial truck driver training or diesel technology programs at Rogue Community College.

Rogue Workforce Partnership Transportation & Logistics was awarded a multi-year grant from the Ford Family Foundation in support of the RCC Commercial Truck Driver and Diesel Technology programs. The grant was developed to raise awareness of transportation industry needs and provide funds for training. 

Up to $2,500 in scholarship funds are available to qualified applicants living in rural cities or towns with fewer than 35,000 residents, as well as Grants Pass. To apply for the scholarship, contact WorkSource Rogue Valley at 541-734-7533.

RCC's Commercial Truck Driver Training is a one-term program that leads to a non-credit training certificate approved by the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission. The total cost of tuition and fees is $5,033.

The program consists of 50 hours of classroom instruction and 144 hours of truck yard and open road instruction. Classes meet evenings and weekends at the Table Rock Campus in White City. Commercial truck drivers in Southern Oregon earn about $45,000-$60,000 for local routes and about $50,000-$65,000 for longer-haul routes.

For information about RCC’s Commercial Truck Driver Training program and to apply visit roguecc.edu/truck.

The RCC Diesel Technology department offers a four-term Diesel Specialist certificate as well as a two-year associate of applied science degree in diesel technology. Both programs are designed to prepare students for entry-level careers in the diesel repair industry. With a heavy emphasis on hands-on work in diesel labs, the diesel technology programs are located at the Table Rock Campus. For information about RCC's Diesel Technology programs, visit roguecc.edu/diesel.