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Texas State Technical College offers new program to tackle bus driver shortage

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There’s a high demand from schools all over the area looking for bus drivers.

“We’ve actually had school districts call us because they want to come in and recruit people,” said Juan Hernandez, Project Director at Texas State Technical College.

Hernandez is in charge of the new three-week course that starts next week. He says driving a school bus is an important and often overlooked role.

“Not everybody has the opportunity to drive their child to school so that’s why the bus comes into play,” he said.

It’s called “Professional Bus Driver Training,” the course will prepare students for their exams to earn their Class B license.

The first week will cover the basics and then the rest of the class will be behind the wheel.

“We get in the driver’s seat and teach them the do’s and the don’ts, we try to install in them that it’s bigger than their vehicle but at the same time it handles like their vehicle,” said Hernandez.

Not only will students be able to drive school buses, but they will also be certified to operate large vehicles including city buses and dump trucks.

One of the students enrolled is Veronica Morales. She’s excited to start a new career driving child to school.

“I have a 12-year-old son and it’s just easier to be the same schedule as him. Having the same vacations, same days or weekends off so that I can be with him,” said Morales.

Students will learn everything from safety procedures to brake systems.

We’ve reached out to some of the local school districts in the Valley. They tell us they’re already keeping an eye on upcoming graduates.

The classes start next week. To learn more, click here.

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