ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS

Phil Steinkamp, lead instructor for the program, has over 35 years of experience in the industry and has logged over 2 million miles. Phil has air brake, double/triple, tanker, and hazardous materials endorsements. He worked six years as a dispatcher and regional planner. Phil served ten years on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Publicly Funded Truck Driving Schools, two of which he served as President. He also was on the Board of Directors for Commercial Vehicle Training Association for two years. Phil holds the following certifications – Driver Finisher/Train the Trainer from Des Moines Area Community College; Skid Pad and Train the Trainer from Central Tech in Drumright, Oklahoma; Tractor/Trailer Jackknife Avoidance and Decision Driving Techniques from Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, Wisconsin; First Observer Training and Supervisor Substance Abuse and Compliance Certification. Phil is also a certified instructor of the National Safety Council Defensive Driving.

Larry Daggs has driven more than 3 million miles in his 36 years as a truck driver. He has spent fourteen years as a night dispatcher and fourteen years as a driver trainer. Larry holds certifications in Reasonable Suspicion Testing and Hazardous Materials. Larry enjoys the things he has seen as a truck driver and the paycheck.

Carroll Harms, with over 44 years of Class A CDL driving experience, has more than 3 million miles behind the wheel. Carroll has Train the Trainer and Skid Pad certifications from Drumright, Oklahoma. He also is certified in Reasonable Suspicion Testing and First Observer. Carroll has received National Safety Council Defensive Driving training. He has driven flat bed trailers, tanker trucks, and reefers, and has experience with hauling hazardous materials. Carroll’s favorite things about trucking are the paycheck, the scenery, instructing students, and his twenty-one years as an operations night dispatcher. Since his retirement in 2015 from working as a dispatcher, Carroll has driven part-time for a local company, in addition to training drivers for JWCC.

Bruce Schaffnit started driving tractor-trailer vehicles in 1963. He held a chauffer's license and grandfathered into a Class A CDL. Bruce has logged over 2 million miles driving. He has had experience driving livestock trailers, van trailers, reefers, doubles, grain trailers, and concrete delivery. Bruce has air brake and hazardous materials endorsements. He is certified in Reasonable Suspicion Testing and First Observer. Bruce attended Region 5 Truck Driver Academy in Ohio and holds Train the Trainer and Skid Pad certifications from Drumright, Oklahoma. He also attended Decision Driving Techniques at Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, Wisconsin. Bruce still enjoys driving and working with students to help them gain skills and operate a vehicle.

Larry Sparks drove for over 30 years with two companies. He has driven tanker trucks, reefers, and dry vans, and has experience with hauling hazardous materials. Larry started teaching students in JWCC's truck driver training program in 2013. His favorite things about trucking are all the different things and sites you see out on the road.

Donny Roush has been driving a semi for over 30 years. Donny has hauled grain, livestock, dry bulk, and liquids, with experience driving dump trucks, low boys, flat beds, and drop decks. Donny’s favorite thing about trucking is meeting different people.

John Mittermeyer has been a commercial driver since obtaining his Class A CDL through JWCC's truck driver training program in March 1997. He worked as an over-the-road semi-driver for a local company hauling animal feeds throughout the USA. John currently works as a special education school bus driver in conjunction with instructing at JWCC.