Spring 2013 |
A grant from the U.S. Department of Labor will help MCC CDL truck
driving students be better prepared to enter the workforce. MCC is the only
public trucking school in Nebraska, and one of only a handful in the
nation, to install electronic onboard recorders in its fleet of trucks for
entry-level student training.
Expected to be mandated by federal law later this year, an electronic
onboard recorder is a GPS-sized device that attaches to a commercial motor
vehicle. The device records the amount of time a vehicle is driven and
replaces the paperbased logs drivers use to record their driving hours. The
technology is aimed at boosting compliance with regulations intended to
prevent driver fatigue.
At MCC, students will be able to interact with Qualcomm electronic
onboard recorders as they log miles throughout the course, giving them the
experience employers want once they enter the workforce. They can also
communicate with a classroom "fleet manager" who can analyze performance
data collected by the device.
Metropolitan Community College has once again gone above and beyond in
their award-winning truck driving program by bringing the latest in safety
technology into the classroom," said Larry Johnson, president of the
Nebraska Trucking Association. "With the investment and installation of the
Qualcomm system that acts similar to the 'black box' technology in use on
commercial aircraft, students graduating from the MCC program will be
job-ready to use this important state-of-the-art tool."
The technology is part of $2.7 million in funding for a statewide
workforce training initiative, Trans*IT: Transforming Industry and
Training. Trans*IT involves all Nebraska community colleges, with MCC as
the lead organization. MCC will be using its funding to support enhancement
to transportation sector training. In addition to the Qualcomm systems, MCC
is incorporating Samsung tablets into the CDL curriculum, reflecting an
industry trend toward portable computing on-the-go.
Ultimately, students will come away more prepared to utilize the
technology they will encounter on the job—and be better equipped to
be efficient, safe drivers.
For more information about the eight-week CDL program, visit