Texas State Technical College, in partnership with Valley Metro, recently began a Professional Bus Driver Training course to help fill a regional need. As an offering via Workforce Training and Continuing Education, students receive preparatory training for both written and driving exams for bus driving.
The first class began the 80-hour, two-week course on March 5. Throughout this time, they will receive hands-on training thanks to a bus donation from Valley Metro.
“This course was created to provide advanced training that can lead to a good paying job,” said Adan Treviño, TSTC Continuing Education special projects coordinator. “With this class we’re filling a demand and providing highly-skilled individuals into the workforce.”
Those who complete the course and pass all exams will earn a Class B license. The license is awarded through the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles. Graduates can then work as drivers for transit systems. These include Valley Metro and Metro McAllen as well as Brownsville Metro and Greyhound Lines.
Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council Valley Metro Director of Regional Transit Tom Logan said the bus donation ensures that students in the bus driving course receive the hands-on training they need to be successful. It also helps fill an employment need.
“Public and private bus agencies are in need of certified and trained bus drivers,” said Logan. “TSTC’s training program gives us the source to hire drivers to fill our vacancies.”
Logan adds that through a long-time partnership with TSTC, he has witnessed the college produce high-caliber drivers and employees.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a steady job growth in the bus driving industry, growing six percent from 2016 to 2026. This is on par with the average for all occupations. Also, data shows that Texas has a demand for drivers, employing more than 12,000.
TSTC’s Professional Bus Driving Training will be hosted monthly.