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According to Bloomberg, the there is a shortage of truck drivers in the United States and Big Sandy Community and Technical College is playing a big role in trying to alleviate the shortage of big rig drivers through its commercial driver’s license programs. The Big Sandy Community and Technical College Workforce Solutions team participated in an open house on November 29, 2018 at Gateway Community and Technical College, where business leaders could see trucks KCTCS colleges use for training and hear more about program offerings. The CDL simulator utilized by BSCTC, which was installed in August 2018, is an ATS Simulator modeled after a 2018 Freightliner Cascadia. The simulator teaches students shift patterns, how to properly operate the clutch, and about driving in adverse weather before putting them in a real rig on the roadways. Kelli Chaney, Dean of Workforce and Economic Development at BSCTC, said they’re proud to be at the forefront of educating the next generation of truck drivers. She added their role is to prepare the talent needed to fill jobs in our region.