Peak Technical Institute educates 1,590 students, contributes $1 million-plus to community since 2009

MARYVILLE, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Maryville, Tennessee-based Peak Technical Institute would like to congratulate its 1,590-plus graduates over its eight years of operation. We are proud to have helped propel these students into the careers of their dreams. As of January 2018, Peak is no longer enrolling new students.

Operating as a comprehensive state-of-the-art training institute since 2009, Peak provided an unparalleled commitment to its students, using a blend of classroom and hands-on training in a simulated or real-life environment and supplying the tools needed to make the most out of its students’ chosen career paths. Peak Technical Institute held certificate-granting programs in commercial driver training (Class A CDL), unexploded ordnance, professional household management, enlisted aide training and equine-assisted leadership training.

Commercial Driver Training (Class A CDL)
Peak’s CDL training quickly became the school’s flagship program, growing its student base seven-fold since the program’s inception. In addition to training new truck drivers, the CDL program worked in conjunction with sister company, Vanquish Logistics, to provide solid in-house CDL training for its over the road line haul asset-based transportation and logistics operation.

In recent years, the family of companies owned by Dr. Eric Barton has tailored its conglomerate business focus and sold several sister companies as growing, profitable entities, including

Professional Household Management Training
several businesses in the transportation industry. These booming asset-based transportation providers support FedEx Ground as a subcontractor for pickup and delivery and over the road line haul services in both the Nashville and Knoxville markets. In addition, the entities held large contracts with Nissan, C.H. Robinson, Lamtech and other clients.

Throughout its years of educating the next generation, Peak has been fully committed to nurturing students’ education and future careers. Peak Technical Institute has awarded scholarships or forgiven student debt totaling $895,550.31, influencing not only the lives of the students, but also their families and their livelihoods. Peak is proud to announce that 85 percent of its graduates were placed in lifelong careers, many of whom earn $50,000 a year plus benefits in their new careers.

Peak also secured partnerships with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity (WIOA) and G.I. Bill® (Veterans Training) to secure education funding for students in need. Dozens of students attended Peak Technical Institute utilizing WIOA or Veterans Training funding benefits.

Unexploded Ordnance Training
Additionally, Peak donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to its beloved community, including monetary and labor donations to Blount County Habitat for Humanity, charity golf tournaments, United Way of Blount County and other local charitable organizations over the years. Peak was even a major sponsor of the Kentucky Derby in 2015.

Peak has now sold its educational training programs. Graduates of Peak Technical Institute are encouraged to reach out directly to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission should they need assistance in the future with their certificates earned at Peak. We wish all of our graduates the best of luck in all of their future endeavors.

Equine-assisted Leadership Training
Enlisted Aide Training

Peak’s Class A CDL Program Reports Exponential Growth in Third Year

In its third year changing lives and providing boundless career opportunities, Peak Technical Institute’s Class A Commercial Driver Training program has grown its student base seven fold with nearly 1,000 students attending since the program’s inception.

Peak attributes its growth to expanded resources, training contracts with local and regional companies and securing viable financial opportunities for its students.

Peak Technical Institute has had 50 students enrolled in one of its three programs in one week alone – UXO Global unexploded ordnance training, hospitality training and CDL. CDL training has quickly become Peak’s flagship program, bringing in a dozen new students each week. The CDL program has received a lot of positive feedback since the program’s inception, and approximately 80 percent of graduates are employed as a CDL driver.

“This is a great place to get your Class A commercial license. The instructors are the best and will get you ready for your new career,” student Eric Drake said. “I highly recommend this school for anyone that would like to get their Class A license. Thanks Peak for all your hard work getting me ready for the road.”

“I graduated from Peak in September 2015. The instructors are first class. While being tough, they will prepare you to be the best commercial driver possible,” Tony Campbell said. “Company after company loved that I attended Peak. I highly recommend them.”

In addition to training such motivated students seeking a career change, Peak has secured several trucking contracts to train company employees in logistics to attend CDL training at Peak Technical Institute.

“Safety is our No. 1 goal here at Peak Technical Institute, so we are pleased to come together with such mindful companies. Together we can give these truck drivers the very best tools with the education they need to operate safely and represent their company well,” Peak Institutional Director Blake Bancroft said. “We welcome any company operating their own trucking division to speak with us about any training opportunities for their staff.”

In an effort to help with financial burdens, Peak has secured several federal financial assistance programs to benefit its students. Peak Technical Institute is proud to be approved for Veterans training, including the post 9/11 G.I. Bill® and Vocational Rehabilitation. PTI is also an approved provider of WIOA benefits in Tennessee.

“These federal assistance programs ease the burden off the students so that they can completely focus on learning instead of worrying about how they will pay for their schooling,” Peak Technical Institute Programs Recruiter Steve Minton said. “This will further help expand our program offerings.”

Since its inception, Peak’s CDL student numbers have increased seven fold. While 43 students enrolled in fiscal year 2014-15, nearly 300 students graduated in 2016. The CDL program has already graduated more than 150 student so far this year, which equates to about 7 grads per week, and is set to graduate more students than ever before in the program’s history. In addition, approximately 80 percent of graduates are employed, which means better opportunities for the students and their families.

“When this program was created, we set out to change lives, and that’s just what we’ve done,” Program Director Gerald Wilson said. “As program director of Peak’s CDL program, I am proud of the evolution of this program, and we will keep moving forward.”

Peak continues to seek additional training contracts, financial options for students and opportunities for future growth.

Peak provides hands-on training in state of the art facilities, utilizing professionally developed courseware that have been vetted and approved by top-level industry experts. All programs are taught using a blend of classroom and hands-on training in a simulated or real life event. The Tennessee Higher Education Commission authorizes Peak Technical Institute for operation as a postsecondary educational institution.