Team members who are graduates of the Western Dairy Transport Driver Training Academy are among the best trained in the nation. Our innovative hands-on driver training program is one of many reasons our retention rate exceeds the industry average by more than 70%. All applicants undergo a rigorous screening process before arriving on location at one of three North American training academies for paid training sessions. WDT drivers are crucial members of our community, and we take great pride in setting high candidate entrance standards. Our academy staff are among the leading commercial driver license (CDL) trainers in the nation and are supported by the leading logistics industry safety experts. Students also receive training in customer relations and hear directly from the leadership team on WDT’s culture and guiding principles.
“Western Dairy Transport has teamed with the Texas A&M University System RELLIS campus to provide a unique and exceptional training platform for its employees to serve the needs of Texas dairy agriculture."
- David Shelton, WDT President and CEO
Cabool, Missouri is the home of our original training academy. In fact, we have been educating and training drivers for dry van and smooth bore tanker operations for over twenty years. Our Cabool Academy has on staff two certified driver trainers and a complement of experienced support personnel. This facility trains drivers to serve American dairy farmers and other dairy and food processing customers throughout the United States.
Abernathy, Texas, located just 20 miles north of Lubbock, is the home of WDT’s second training academy. In operation since 2014, Abernathy Training Academy is situated on the grounds of the former Abernathy Municipal Airport. Over a mile of paved runway is available to train drivers in their basic skills. The staff is made up of experienced driver trainers to supply the needs of the dairy industry from the Texas panhandle to the south plains of Lubbock.
Clovis, New Mexico, located just east of the Texas border, is the home of WDT’s third training academy. With a population of just fewer than 40,000 people and a climate and terrain favorable to agriculture, Clovis has long been known as a premium hub for ranching, cotton and peanut farming, and dairy production as well as cattle raisng and meat production. As our furthest west training location, the Clovis Academy is proud to provide an area of service to now an even greater geographical area, making training more accessible to more potential drivers than ever before.
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Western Dairy Transport, LLC is pleased to announce the grand opening of its newly developed training academy in cooperation with the Texas A&M University System RELLIS Campus in Bryan, Texas. The training academy was created to instruct employees in smooth-bore tanker operations to serve Texas’ continuously growing dairy industry. Texas dairymen currently produce 100,000,000 gallons of milk monthly, ranking the Lone Star State sixth in raw milk production nationally. The $3.2 billion industry supplies jobs for over $200 million in annual payrolls.
“Western Dairy Transport has partnered with the Texas A&M University System RELLIS campus to provide a unique and exceptional training platform for its employees to serve the needs of Texas dairy agriculture. With this facility, we can continue to hire and train members of our company, particularly from the Brazos Valley, to serve our dairy producers and processors,” David Shelton, President and Chief Executive Officer, said. He adds, “This model has been time tested and proven at our other training academy in Abernathy, Texas where we have educated and trained over 500 of our employees in smooth-bore tanker operation.”