This spring, Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas (PCCUA) will celebrate the first graduates of the college's new truck driving program in Stuttgart, and new students may now enroll for the summer and fall truck driving programs.
This spring, Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas (PCCUA) will celebrate the first graduates of the college’s new truck driving program in Stuttgart, and new students may now enroll for the summer and fall truck driving programs.
If you are looking for a career with short-term training, good pay and benefits, check out PCCUA’s new Certificate of Proficiency in Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)/truck driving. If the corporate world is not for you, enter the field of truck driving and enjoy adventure, travel, exploring the country, and meeting interesting people. Truck driving provides independence and solitude while working and is perfect for those who want to get away from the corporate hustle and bustle. Students are able to complete the training and start this new career in just a few weeks. The CDL is an 8-week program that is hosted by the Stuttgart campus with plans to alternate the program between Stuttgart and the Helena campus.
The PCCUA Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) program will prepare and train new drivers with the skills and knowledge needed to pass the state skills test and obtain a class "A" CDL. It will incorporate driving, non-driving, and basic skills needed to operate a truck, and the course includes classroom instruction, lab experiences, range driving, and road driving. Students will learn road safety, Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations and rules, techniques of shifting, making inspections, map reading, log book procedures, cargo handling, driving on two- and four-lane roads, urban and rural driving strategies, night driving, and weather conditioned driving. Students will also experience pulling heavy and empty loads and a variety of trailer types.
PCCUA Vice Chancellor for Instruction Dr. Deborah King said, “We are very proud of our first graduates of this new program. This is a high demand occupation, and we feel certain it will be successful because so many truckers are at retirement age,” she said.
King further noted that several trucking companies have expressed an interest in hiring graduates from the PCCUA program.