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RCC purchases new CDL truck for student use

Rappahannock Community College recently purchased a new tractor-trailer for its Commercial Driver’s License students to practice on.

“I think it’s one of the best kept secrets in the local area,” said CDL instructor Michael Carter.

Carter said that the school did this because it is focused on getting behind the student. For every 30-day class, there is one truck, one instructor and four student slots available.

The cost of the class is $4,500, but RCC has funding available to help offset the cost and students can even get $1,000 back after completing the course. According to Carter, a lot of businesses that offer CDL training charge $5,000-$8,000 and most do not offer help with the cost. Another option for those wanting to obtain their CDL is to sign on with a major company for a year. He said that this option is not always best due to being stuck with that company throughout the duration of training.

Students at RCC also get to train in a brand-new truck and trailer, whic...

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