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Students Get CDL Experience at UTTC

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Oil production in North Dakota brings heavy truck traffic on the roads.

And the need for more truckers continues to grow.

Steph Scheurer takes us to United Tribes Technical College where a program helps put students in the commercial driver's seat.

Trucking has run in Jordan Davis's family for generations.

"I always helped my father. Changing tires, working on the motors, it's just something I've always wanted to do," says Jordan W. Davis, Student, CDL Program, UTTC.

Now he gets to take the wheel....

Jordan is just one student in the DeMaND program offered at the United Tribes Technical College.

Before getting in a big rig...

They start learning how to drive with the help of technology.

"Simulators - doing about two, three weeks, every day after class, during class it helps a lot. It usually kind of adds on about half your experience also by the time you get in the truck, the intimidation's totally gone," says Davis.

After passing the simulation level...

He's become much more comfortable in the actual driver's seat.

"Right there is your alley dock. Inside the cushion - three foot cushion back end of the trailer has to be within. You're allowed to get out of the truck two times to check the positioning. Then once you complete that, get back in the truck, honk your horn and you're good to go," says Davis.

Everyone who wants a CDL can get started here...

"It'd be nice to see more ladies come out and join, you know, it's not as difficult in how they may look at it. It's fun and it's enjoyable and I'm glad I signed up for the class," says Michelle Ridley, Student.

Especially considering the job opportunities in the state right now.

"It's my chance now to pick the job that I truly want and stick at it and make my career start," says Davis.

Down the road, Jordan's goal is to start his own trucking company.

"Coast to coast that's what I'd like to drive. Just scenery - I'm a big sucker for scenery. I just like the open road. Most of the time I'll drive with the radio off and the window down just to get some freedom," says Davis.

Freedom to do what he loves... safely...on the open road.

"Alright. Everything's all in park, break, good to go. Ready to get out," says Davis.

Jordan recently got his CDL license.

He and his fellow students will graduate from this 16 week CDL program on May 9th.

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