In its third year changing lives and providing boundless career opportunities, Peak Technical Institute’s Class A Commercial Driver Training program has grown its student base seven fold with nearly 1,000 students attending since the program’s inception.
Peak attributes its growth to expanded resources, training contracts with local and regional companies and securing viable financial opportunities for its students.
Peak Technical Institute has had 50 students enrolled in one of its three programs in one week alone – UXO Global unexploded ordnance training, hospitality training and CDL. CDL training has quickly become Peak’s flagship program, bringing in a dozen new students each week. The CDL program has received a lot of positive feedback since the program’s inception, and approximately 80 percent of graduates are employed as a CDL driver.
“This is a great place to get your Class A commercial license. The instructors are the best and will get you ready for your new career,” student Eric Drake said. “I highly recommend this school for anyone that would like to get their Class A license. Thanks Peak for all your hard work getting me ready for the road.”
“I graduated from Peak in September 2015. The instructors are first class. While being tough, they will prepare you to be the best commercial driver possible,” Tony Campbell said. “Company after company loved that I attended Peak. I highly recommend them.”
In addition to training such motivated students seeking a career change, Peak has secured several trucking contracts to train company employees in logistics to attend CDL training at Peak Technical Institute.
“Safety is our No. 1 goal here at Peak Technical Institute, so we are pleased to come together with such mindful companies. Together we can give these truck drivers the very best tools with the education they need to operate safely and represent their company well,” Peak Institutional Director Blake Bancroft said. “We welcome any company operating their own trucking division to speak with us about any training opportunities for their staff.”
In an effort to help with financial burdens, Peak has secured several federal financial assistance programs to benefit its students. Peak Technical Institute is proud to be approved for Veterans training, including the post 9/11 G.I. Bill® and Vocational Rehabilitation. PTI is also an approved provider of WIOA benefits in Tennessee.
“These federal assistance programs ease the burden off the students so that they can completely focus on learning instead of worrying about how they will pay for their schooling,” Peak Technical Institute Programs Recruiter Steve Minton said. “This will further help expand our program offerings.”
Since its inception, Peak’s CDL student numbers have increased seven fold. While 43 students enrolled in fiscal year 2014-15, nearly 300 students graduated in 2016. The CDL program has already graduated more than 150 student so far this year, which equates to about 7 grads per week, and is set to graduate more students than ever before in the program’s history. In addition, approximately 80 percent of graduates are employed, which means better opportunities for the students and their families.
“When this program was created, we set out to change lives, and that’s just what we’ve done,” Program Director Gerald Wilson said. “As program director of Peak’s CDL program, I am proud of the evolution of this program, and we will keep moving forward.”
Peak continues to seek additional training contracts, financial options for students and opportunities for future growth.
Peak provides hands-on training in state of the art facilities, utilizing professionally developed courseware that have been vetted and approved by top-level industry experts. All programs are taught using a blend of classroom and hands-on training in a simulated or real life event. The Tennessee Higher Education Commission authorizes Peak Technical Institute for operation as a postsecondary educational institution.