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77 year old comes out of retirement to earn his CDL


A retired corporate pilot is proving that age is just a number by enrolling in a Georgia technical college to earn his commercial driver’s license (CDL).

Bill Nichols, 77, recently enrolled in the CDL program at Southern Regional Technical College (SRTC) located in Bainbridge, Georgia. This marks his first time enrolling in college.

According to SRTC, Nichols spent 35 years as a corporate pilot before retiring. However, after seven years of retirement, Nichols decided he wanted to try his hand at driving trucks and is now on track to earn his CDL.

Nichols says that he heard about trucking companies having a tough time hiring drivers on the local news and thought he could help out.

“I think that older folks like me should consider coming to college and starting a new career. It is a challenge and it is interesting. This college has fine instructors, and CDL is an amazing course. I would highly recommend for anyone to look into this! The pay is good, you get to see the country, and a company pays you to do it!” Nichols said.

When he isn’t in class, Nichols lives on his family farm and keeps busy training new pilots as a flight instructor and restoring classic automobiles.

“I have seen the United States from the air. Now I am going to go see it from the road,” Nichols said.


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