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Largest CDL Program in South Carolina

In 2015, South Carolina’s technical colleges graduated over 500 students with commercial driver’s licenses. Of those 500 graduates, approximately 100 were from Florence-Darlington Technical College (FDTC). As the largest South Carolina CDL training program, FDTC boasts a 100 percent job placement rate for its graduates.

Thomas Pierce, CDL program manager with the Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing & Technology at FDTC, describes the program’s success: “Right now, we’re the largest truck driving school in South Carolina. We have nine locations around the state that we can offer training in, and we run four trucks every five weeks. We’ve got the potential to have over 160 student drivers per year.”

As for the program’s 100 percent placement rate, Pierce says, “Basically, anybody who wants to go to work after they get their CDL through us can get a job. I have over 60 employers around the nation that hire our students exclusively, and we get more and more every day. Truck driving jobs are everywhere, so the options and the opportunities out there are limitless, really. You can make from $50,000 to $100,000 per year driving a truck; it’s just according to who you’re driving for and what you haul.”

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