Duncan Quicke (left), a truck driving coordinator at Southside Virginia Community College, is shown with Nikki Weaver, guest speaker.

Southside Virginia Community College Truck Driver Training graduations in April featured a truly inspiring graduation speaker.

Nikki Weaver has two major passions in her life – her 8-year-old son and truck driving. She is a road driver for Federal Express Freight with a route that consists of pulling twin trailers from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to Old Washington, Ohio, and back. This totals 570 miles a day, and she completes the route five days per week.

Weaver has been a dependable and loyal employee, only working for three trucking companies in the past 18 years. Amazingly, she has accumulated 1.7 million accident and citation free miles.

In 1986, American Trucking Associations established America’s Road Team. Sponsored by Volvo and Mack trucks, this team attempts to educate the public about the importance of trucking.

Approximately 2,000 drivers from across the country are nominated by various companies to serve as road team captains. These captains have the goal of improving the public’s perception of the trucking industry.

For 2019-2020, Weaver was one of only 18 chosen to serve as a captain on America’s Road Team. In addition, three other women were chosen to be part of the 18 captains, making this the largest contingent of women to serve since the beginning of America’s Road Team.

SVCC has offered a program in Truck Driver Training 1997 graduating the first class in February of that year.

Duncan Quicke has been program coordinator since it began.