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  • Professional Truck Driver Training.
    You could take our program for FREE!  
    Program cost: $819 + approx. $100 for books (Nebraska residents). Scholarship available: $1,500. Contact Carrie at 402-761-8448 or cderickson@southeast.edu.
    Professional Truck Driver Training.
    You could take our program for FREE!  
    Program cost: $819 + approx. $100 for books (Nebraska residents). Scholarship available: $1,500. Contact Carrie at 402-761-8448 or cderickson@southeast.edu.
    Professional Truck Driver Training.
    You could take our program for FREE!  
    Program cost: $819 + approx. $100 for books (Nebraska residents). Scholarship available: $1,500. Contact Carrie at 402-761-8448 or cderickson@southeast.edu.
     

Professional Truck Driver Training

  •  Estimated Cost: $819 + approx. $100 for books

    Program Length: 10 weeks 

    Locations: Milford

    Start Term(s): Fall / Spring / Summer

    Awards Offered: Cert

    Program Description

    If you enjoy being on the road, why not get paid for it? Our intensive Professional Truck Driver Training program prepares you to operate a tractor-trailer semi on city streets, rural roads, and two-lane and interstate highways. You will obtain a Class A Commercial Driver’s License at the completion of the program.

    We offer classes every 5 weeks in the Fall and Spring Semesters. Classes will be offered In Person as well as Online to accommodate working adults.

    Spring 5-week sections:
    Jan. 9, 2023 - Feb. 9, 2023
    Feb. 15, 2023 - March 28, 2023
    April 3, 2023 - May 4, 2023

    Our hands-on program has a fleet of 13 truck tractors ranging in age from 1991 to 2021 with 9 speed, 10 speed, super 10, 13 speed and automatic transmissions. Your training will be on Peterbilt, Kenworth, Freightliner, Volvo Mack and Sterling tractors with Detroit Diesel, Caterpillar, Volvo, Mack, PACCAR, and Mercedes engines. Our training includes instruction on accident procedures, daily driver’s log, trip planning, hazard perception, speed management, vehicle inspection, extreme driving conditions, defensive driving, and skills development in coupling and uncoupling, backing, shifting, and city and highway driving.

    You can start our intensive Professional Truck Driver Training program in the Fall, Spring or Summer terms. We offer a face-to-face or a hybrid option which features online lectures and labs with in-person driving. To earn your certificate, you must complete two courses: Professional Truck Driver Training-Lecture Course and the Professional Truck Driver Training-Behind the Wheel Driving Course. The program option is:

    • 10-week program: Lecture (5 weeks) + Behind the Wheel Driving Course (5 weeks)

    At the end of the program, you will have completed 60 hours of lecture and 105 hours behind-the-wheel training for a total of 165 hours. You will also log between 2,000 and 2,500 miles.

    TRUK-1114 Professional Truck Driver Training Classroom

    • This course satisfies the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT) and HAZMAT Theory requirements.
    • After successful completion of TRUK-1114, Skills Practice and Testing may be completed through SCC course TRUK-1124 Professional Truck Driver Training Driving Lab or through another 3rd Party Trainer/Tester.
      • Seats for TRUK-1124 are limited and fill on a first come – first served basis.

    The lecture options are:

    • Face-to-Face: Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
    • Online (Zoom required): dates and times TBD

    TRUK-1124 Professional Truck Driver Training - Behind-the-Wheel

    • This course offers intensive hands on training where students can practice their skills. Testing will be completed through this SCC course to receive your CDL (SCC instructors are 3rd party examiners for the State of Nebraska and students in this course will test with them)

    OR

    • Students can go directly to a 3rd Party Trainer/Tester to receive their CDL

    The behind-the-wheel option is:

    • 5-week: Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
    1. Want to learn more about SCC? Come see how SCC will help you achieve Your Path to Possible! Schedule a campus visit!
    2. Need help exploring career opportunities or navigating the admissions process? Schedule an appointment with an Admissions Counselor.
    3. Ready to apply? Complete an Application for Admission.
    4. Submit ACT, SAT, Next Generation Accuplacer, or Accuplacer test scores (reading and math) or official college transcripts showing completion of post-secondary coursework in English and math to the Admissions Office at any SCC location.

    The following requirements must be completed prior to registering for the Behind the Wheel Course:

    • Obtain a Class A Learners Permit by taking three written tests at the DMV.
    • Complete a Department of Transportation (DOT) Physical Examination
    • Submit a SAMHSA certified drug test no sooner than 30 days before the Behind-the-Wheel course from either Company Care or Concentra
    • Submit a copy of your driving record from the Department of Motor Vehicles

    You will need a Nebraska Class A Commercial Learners Permit before you register for the Behind the Wheel Course. The permit costs $14.50 and can be obtained at any Nebraska DMV County location. You will need to pass these three written tests to get your permit:

    • General Knowledge
    • Combination Vehicle
    • Air Brakes

    Our instructors are third party examiners for the State of Nebraska and will perform the following tests for your Commercial Driver’s License on campus using SCC equipment:

    • Vehicle Inspection Test
    • Basic Control Skills Test
    • Road Test

    The DMV will charge you $59.50 for your commercial license.

    Financial Aid is not available because of the length of this program. If you need financial assistance, Gap Tuition Assistance may be available. Gap funding provides need-based financial support for tuition and other eligible costs for short-term, non-credit training opportunities focused on employment. For more information, email Heather Bloomquist or call her at 402-323-3394.

    The Nebraska Trucking Association offers $1500 scholarships for students interested in a career in CDL Driving. This scholarship provides funds for new students to help with the cost of tuition, books and supplies. Submit your online application, and include a 100-200 word essay and resume. For more information, email Lea Fortin or call her at 402-476-8504 ext. 105.

    You will be successful in our Professional Truck Driver Training program if you:

    • are reliable and can stick to a schedule
    • can take a job from start to finish
    • have excellent communication and people skills
    • have basic mechanical skills and understand how to perform minor repairs
    • are able to manage stressful situations
    • follow laws and regulations
    • are alert and aware of your surroundings
    • maintain a high level of physical fitness
    • have an excellent driving record

    There is a tremendous demand for skilled drivers all across the United States. Our Professional Truck Driver Training program prepares you for both interstate and intrastate commerce. Recent SCC graduates report an average starting annual salary of $48,000*. Career options in the professional truck driving industry include:

    • Owner/Operator
    • Local Truck Driver
    • Regional Truck Driver
    • Over-the-Road Truck Driver

    *Truck drivers may be paid by the hour, by the week, or based on the number of miles driven. In 2021, the average starting pay for first-year truck drivers in Nebraska was $46,000-49,000.

    Robert Stokes, Program Chair, Truck Driving Instructor
    Commercial Drivers License, Class A with MTX endorsements
    Third-Party Examiner, Nebraska DMV
    402-761-8352
    rstokes@southeast.edu

    Nichole Collins, Truck Driving Instructor
    Commercial Drivers License, Class A with MTN endorsements
    Third-Party Examiner, Nebraska DMV
    Related work Experience: 7 years
    Instructional Experience: Since 2017 
    402-761-8395
    nbrandes@southeast.edu

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