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SGTC receives USDA grant to improve truck driving simulator

South Georgia Technical College's truck driving course will soon be even greater. (Source: WALB) South Georgia Technical College's truck driving course will soon be even greater. (Source: WALB)
Stan Josey is a student in the course. (Source: WALB) Stan Josey is a student in the course. (Source: WALB)
John Watford is the president of SGTC. (Source: WALB) John Watford is the president of SGTC. (Source: WALB)
Robert Cook is the course instructor. (Source: WALB) Robert Cook is the course instructor. (Source: WALB)
AMERICUS, GA (WALB) -

South Georgia Technical College's eight-week commercial truck driving course will soon be even greater. 

Stan Josey has been taking the truck driving course at South Georgia Technical College for four weeks.

"I'm enjoying it. Totally enjoying it. I look forward to going into this career," said Josey.

He has a bachelor's degree but needed a change. 

"The job I was doing is kind of slowing down a little bit. It wasn't doing what I needed it to do and I definitely needed to change careers," said Josey.

"The opportunities for students to get jobs is unlimited," said college president John Watford.

Watford said the program has grown almost three-hundred fifty percent in two years. 

"Our commercial driving program is one of our strongest programs as far as students being able to get employed immediately after graduation," said Watford.

With so much interest, the program gets all levels of students. 

"We have students that have never even mashed a clutch before," said professor Robert Cook.

The college received a grant eight years ago from the USDA to get this simulator. It gives students the feeling of driving before getting in the truck, but right now it's not working.

That's why the USDA gave the school a $99,000 grant to update the program.

The truck driving simulator gives students the chance to drive in conditions they don't get in Southwest Georgia. 

"We will be able to put them in any condition. Wind condition, rain, snow, whatever," said Cook.

Watford says he's grateful for grants to keep their programs up to date. 

"Trucks are not what they used to be so the modifications we will make to our simulator will equip it to be much more useful in teaching students how to drive a truck," said Watford. 

The college will submit a bid to make updates to the simulator in the next two months. 

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