Release date: March 10, 2017
MAYHEW — East Mississippi Community College now offers a Commercial Truck Driving course at its Golden Triangle campus.
The eight-week program was formerly taught at EMCC’s West Point location. Classes run Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The program is taught in two four-week blocks. Students learn about safety, rules and regulations, driving practices, air brakes, hazardous materials and emergencies. The course includes vehicle inspections, coupling and uncoupling trailers, maneuvering, backing and driving a tractor-trailer truck under varying road and climate conditions.
“The course includes a combination of classroom work and hands-on experience in driving a truck,” EMCC Associate Dean of Instruction Dr. Michael Busby said. “Towards the end of the class students take a test for their commercial driving license (CDL). If they pass that they are ready to be employed.”
Registration is under way now for classes that begin March 22. Another class begins in May.
Job prospects are good for those who complete the course, Commercial Truck Driving instructor Mark Dodson said.
“There are a lot of jobs out there for open road, local and regional drivers,” Dodson said. “If you have a clean CDL and a good driving record, you can just about pick what you want.”
To be accepted in the program, students must:
- Have a regular driving license;
- Have a high school diploma or GED;
- Undergo an MDOT-mandated physical, which includes a drug screen;
- Not have had a DUI within five years or received more than two speeding tickets within three years, with no speeding tickets in excess of 15 mph; and
- Must obtain the required score on the ACCUPLACER or ACT test
For more information about EMCC’s Commercial Truck Driving program, call (662) 243-1903 or (662) 243-7474 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark Dodson was hired in February as the instructor for EMCC's Commercial Truck Driving program now offered at the Golden Triangle campus. Registration is under way now for classes that begin March 22.