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Stormy Johnson – Caddo Kiowa Technology Center

Truck driver training offered financial security and more time with her children.

THEN: A single mom who needed a job to support her family. The jobs Stormy Johnson was looking at required a commercial driver’s license, so she signed up for truck driver training at Caddo Kiowa Technology Center. She got her CDL at CKTC, and that license helped her get a job driving a trash truck. It wasn’t her dream job, but it was a start.

Eventually Stormy got an offer for another truck driving job. That job required her to drive a vehicle with a manual transmission, and the trash truck had an automatic transmission. She went back to CKTC to get more experience shifting.

CKTC’s truck driver training program and its Work Prep program allowed Stormy to

  • Take a one-week refresher course to get better at driving a standard transmission vehicle.
  • Obtain her HAZMAT certification.
  • Excel in a nontraditional career.

NOW: Stormy makes $23 an hour driving for Mulholland Energy. Her new job allows her to be home every night with her children.

Work Prep programs are funded at more than 39 technology center campuses across the state. Work Prep students have an opportunity to enroll in full-time, short-term, niche market or individualized skills training and receive employment services.

“Stormy was one of the swiftest returns on investment for my program.”

 Ronda Weaver, CKTC Work Prep coordinator

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