Are you looking for to build a career that allows you to solve problems by working with your hands and innovative technology? Then you have a future in the transportation industry. It’s already moving into the future with evolving technology and state-of-the-art equipment, which you can find at CLTCC. The school keeps you up to date with training on equipment that utilizes virtual reality technology to teach automotive body painting or truck driving. And with a projected 5-percent job growth, the opportunities to start your career are there, even right here in Cenla. From driving a big rig to rebuilding engines, the transportation industry is looking for skilled workers.
At CLTCC, transportation includes four programs – Certified Driver’s License, automotive technology, collision repair and outdoor power equipment. CDL and collision repair are taught at the Alexandria Main Campus. Outdoor power equipment and automotive technology are taught at the Lamar Salter Campus in Leesville.
There is an exit point that could lead to a job at the completion of each semester in these programs. The first semester students get a TCA, or technical competency in area. You can earn more the longer you stay and more semesters you complete. Usually within the first semester students can be placed in the workplace for on-the-job training for part of the day. After two semesters students have earned a technical certificate, which shows students are proficient. For every certificate achieved, employees generally see a raise of 50 cents to $1 an hour. In two years students can earn a technical diploma in outdoor power equipment, automotive technology and collision repair. Automotive technology is CLTCC’s only transportation program set to advance to an associate’s.