Interstate gives Mesalands two trucks for training

Special to the QCS

A ceremonial delivery of Interstate Distributor Co. (IDC) keys has taken place at Mesalands Community College. The keys are for two Freightliner Century Class trucks to be used as part of the training program offered by the college for new IDC drivers.

Participating in the ceremony were Don Smith, Driver Development Supervisor and Doug Driscoll, Manager Field Recruiting Driver Training for Interstate, and Phillip O. Barry, President of Mesalands Community College, David Gallatin, Dean of Instructional Services, and Clint Dougherty, Commercial Truck Driving Instructor at Mesalands.

Under the agreement with IDC, Mesalands Community College is established as the sole provider of initial driver training for the international freight hauling firm, based in Tacoma, Wash. The program will have IDC driver candidates take five weeks of driver training at Mesalands and then complete five weeks of actual driving in an Interstate rig.

“We are pleased to work with Mesalands in preparing our drivers,” Driscoll said, “and we are impressed with the professionalism and values of the people at the College.”

The college’s commercial truck driver program is certfied by the Professional Truck Driver Institute — a fact Driscoll said was a factor in selecting the College to do their training.

The trucks from Interstate increase the Mesalands fleet to seven.

Additional information about the Interstate program with Mesalands, and about other programs available at the College can be obtained at 911 South Tenth Street in Tucumcari, or by calling (505) 461-4413, or on the school Web site at