National truck dealership chain Rush Enterprises is helping Laredo (TX) Community College (LCC) launch a truck-driving training program as well as upgrade its diesel engine mechanics and repair curriculum at the school’s south campus in the spring of 2011.

“LCC truly appreciates the efforts of our corporate donor for helping us realize a critical training program that will benefit the trucking industry in the Laredo region tremendously,” said Dr. Juan L. Maldonado, LCC president.

The 160-hour, four-week truck driver training program will provide the knowledge and skills needed to pass the Texas Commercial Driver’s License exam to qualify for immediate employment in the trucking industry, the school said. LVCC noted that training will consist of classroom lectures, parking and driving skills training in a driving range, and day and night street driving courtesy of a Peterbilt tractor and Utility-brand trailer donated by Rush.

Rush also worked with key industry manufacturers to secure computer-based diagnostic software for LCC to upgrade instructional programs for the benefit of students enrolled in its diesel engine mechanics and repair program. These additions include the latest in diagnostic technology available from: Peterbilt, Caterpillar, Cummins, and Eaton Roadranger (transmission, axle and diesel-electric hybrid systems). All these companies have agreed to provide updates to the diagnostic software as technology improves at no cost to LCC.

Rush added that its corporate- owned dealership, Rush Truck Center – Laredo, has also committed to lend the college the use of newer model vehicles as needed to support curriculum training. These will include a late model Class 8 used truck equipped with 2007 emissions-compliant technology as well as a new Peterbilt truck equipped with 2010 emissions-compliant vehicle technology and the newly released Paccar MX engine.

“Not only does our partnering help the college to supply quality training to future technicians and drivers, but more importantly, helps develop ready and capable technicians available for hire to work at our dealership after graduation,” said Lewis Woodul, gm for Rush Truck Center – Laredo.