(MEDIA ADVISORY: South Plains College will open its Professional Truck Driving School starting Jan. 28. If you’re interested in interviews, please contact me at 716-2212)
SPC to open professional truck driving school starting in January 2019
REESE CENTER – The South Plains College will provide Professional Truck Driving School starting Jan. 28. New classes will begin every two weeks. The cost is $4995.
Classes will be conducted from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday with a lunch break from 11 a.m. to noon. All breaks are limited to 10 minutes either at the beginning or end of an hour. The course length is 210 clock hours over a four-week session. The normal class size is 12 to 18 students.
To participate in the school, students must be pre-approved through the American Truck Driving School. A student must be at least 21-years-old and have a valid Texas driver license.
Each student will receive range driving skills practice and actual street driving experience to train for their Class A licensing as well as familiarizing them with the Department of Transportation rules and regulations. Students will be prepared for the written examination. A graduate of this program will receive a Certificate of Completion and a Commercial Driving License A-Class.
After graduation from the SPC Truck Driving School, the student will be (1) qualified to secure an entry level job as an over the road driver with a commercial driver’s license; (2) aware of safety procedures, alcohol and drug effects as well as the laws and penalties applicable to the professional driver; (3) proficient at performing pre-trip, on-the-road and post-trip vehicle and equipment inspections; (4) skillful in safe driving techniques; (5) capable of map reading, log books, cargo documentation, dispatch procedures, emergency responsibilities and regulations of transportation agencies; and (6) be able to travel across the United States and Canada in all kinds of weather and terrain.
For more information, contact Jay Warnick, director of Continuing Education and Workforce Development, at (806) 716-2547 or Kasey Reyes, administrative assistant, at (806) 716-2341.