Truck Driver Training

6-Week Program

JWCC’s truck driver training program has revised its course to meet the new federal minimum training requirements set to take effect February 7, 2022. This program is eligible for funding through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) or other public agencies. Courses to obtain a Class A CDL and a Class B CDL are available.

Class Schedule

  • Classes meet Monday through Thursday, 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM, for six weeks

Training Details

  • Prepare for the Commercial Driver’s License learner’s permit
  • Learn what is required to become a qualified professional truck driver
  • Train under the guidance of skilled instructors with many years of over-the-road experience
  • Acquire the skills to drive tractor-trailer rigs on all kinds of roads, from city streets and rural two-lane roads to interstate highways

To better meet students’ needs, the program is located in the Workforce Development Center, a state-of-the-art, 30,000 square foot facility on fourteen acres with a four-acre maneuvering range. The Workforce Development Center is at 4220 Kochs Lane in Quincy.

Contact & Registration Information

If you have questions or would like to request information about the Truck Driver Training Program, please call 217.224.5362 or 217.641.4914.

To register for the six-week class, please contact Kelly Lewis by phone at either 217.224.5362 or 217.641.4971 or by emailing the Truck Driver Training program. Students may also register in person at the Workforce Development Center, 4220 Kochs Lane in Quincy during regular business hours.

Open House Dates

To learn more about the program, attend one of the following open houses:

Monday, June 13, 2022
Monday, July 18, 2022
Monday, August 29, 2022

Open houses are held at 6:30 PM at the Workforce Development Center, 4220 Kochs Lane in Quincy.

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Schedule of Classes

Classroom Dates
Monday – Thursday, 7 AM – 4 PM

May 16 – June 23, 2022 (closed May 30)

June 27 – August 4, 2022 (closed July 4)

August 8 – September 15, 2022 (closed September 5)

September 19 – October 27, 2022

Call 217.224.5362 or 217.641.4971 to sign up today!

JWCC is a member of the American Association of Community Colleges, the Illinois Trucking Association, and numerous other local, state and national organizations which assist JWCC in meeting its educational goals.

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Cost of the 6-Week Class A CDL Program

The entire registration fee is due to John Wood Community College prior to the start of the first week. During the first week the student must pass a D.O.T. physical and drug screen and obtain their CDL driving permit. If a student is unable to complete any of these items prior to the start of class the following week, they can delay their start of training until the next available scheduled class. This program is eligible for funding through Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) or other public agencies. Sharkey Transportation, Inc. is offering a scholarship opportunity for qualified candidates.

(Cost subject to change without notice)

Class A CDL Program Costs
Training Fee$4,460.00
Textbooks (approximate cost)$93.00
Total Cost$4,553.00

Cost of the 6-Week Class B CDL Program

The entire registration fee is due to John Wood Community College prior to the start of the first week. During the first week the student must pass a D.O.T. physical and drug screen and obtain their CDL driving permit. If a student is unable to complete any of these items prior to the start of class the following week, they can delay their start of training until the next available scheduled class. This program is eligible for funding through Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) or other public agencies.

(Cost subject to change without notice)

Class B CDL Program Costs
Training Fee$3,212.00
Textbooks (approximate cost)$93.00
Total Cost$3,305.00

NOTE: CDL regulations now require individuals to show a certified birth certificate or passport in order to take the CDL permit test. Current driver’s license must not expire within one year of permit testing date.

Other Costs Not Paid to John Wood

Illinois CDL License Fee: $50.00*
Missouri CDL License Fee: $112.00*
*Prices subject to change by the state

Some companies, upon employment, require a Hazardous Materials Endorsement and/or a TWIC Card. The cost for the Hazardous Materials Endorsement is $86.50; the TWIC card cost is $132.00 ($25 discount if you have Hazardous Materials Endorsement first).

Refund Policy

A student who notifies the TDT program prior to the start of class may receive a full refund. If a student is not present during the first day of class, the student will be dropped from the class and receive a full refund. Once a student starts the class, a $386.00 fee will be kept for first week costs if the student does not then continue into the remaining five weeks of training. If the student has not completed requirements to continue in the class by the second week, they can also transfer to a subsequent training session. Once the second week of training begins, the student has until the end of the second day of the second week to drop with a partial refund. No refunds will be given after this deadline.

Truck Driver Training Certificate

Students may also choose to attend a 15-week financial-aid eligible Truck Driver Training Certificate program. The truck driver training certificate prepares students for the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) examination leading to employment as Class A truck drivers. Students gain in-depth knowledge and hands-on experience in the proper operation of Class A trucks. JWCC uses industry standard equipment for training and employs the latest technology, including an up-to-date computer lab. This program includes the basics of logistics and supply chain management and offers students the opportunity to attain a stackable college credential toward an AAS degree in logistics and operations management.

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Career Opportunities

  • Delivery Driver
  • Driver
  • Line Haul Driver
  • Log Truck Driver
  • Over the Road Driver (OTR Driver)
  • Road Driver
  • Semi Truck Driver
Suggested Degree Plan for Truck Driver Training Certificate
Do not use this degree plan as a substitute for an advisor. Always meet with an advisor to discuss your specific needs for completing the program before signing up for classes each semester.
LOM 100 Introduction to Logistics Management Details 3
This course presents an overview of logistics and supply chain management, customer service, and inventory management for personnel working in retail, wholesale and the manufacturing sectors. Course content is based on the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council Certified Logistic Technician (MSSCCLT) curriculum. When taking this class online, students are required to take the MSSC-CLA exam and the MSSC-CLT exam at JWCC or any authorized MSSC testing facility.
Prerequisites: (none)
LOM 102 Supply Chain Management Details 3
This course introduces basic supply chain principles including warehousing, transportation and distribution.
Prerequisites: (none)
TRK 150 Introduction to Truck Driver Training Details 1
This course is designed to provide basic information needed by a truck driver. An overview of vehicle braking and electrical, mechanical, and air systems will be covered, as well as Department of Transportation's (D.O.T.) rules and regulations. Successful completion of this course will prepare the student to obtain a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Learner's Permit.
Prerequisites: LOM 100 and LOM 102 or consent of department; Minimum of 21 years of age (or waiver by the Dean of CTE), certification that medical requirements of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations are met, certification of driving privileges are current with no serious driving violations within the past three years.
TRK 180 Truck Driver Training: Fundamentals Details 4
This course is designed to provide basic information needed by an entry-level truck driver. Presents an overview of truck transportation, a description of truck systems and how they work, and basic defensive driving skills. Vehicle braking and electrical, mechanical, and air systems will be emphasized, as well as Department of Transportation's (D.O.T.) rules and regulations, logs and legal topics of interest to trucking and transportation. Additional topics include defensive driving, cargo handling, hazardous materials, and other closely related topics as required by Professional Truck Driver Institute.
Prerequisites: TRK 150; Corequisite: TRK 181
TRK 181 Truck Driver Training: Operations Details 5
This course is designed to develop the basic skills needed by an entry-level truck driver. Provides extensive hands-on experience in backing, parking, start-up, preventive maintenance, and over the road driving. Successful completion of this course will require the student to take the necessary exams to obtain a Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).
Prerequisites: TRK 150; Students must possess a valid Illinois, Missouri or Iowa State CDL Learner's Permit; Corequisite: TRK 180

Gainful Employment: For more information about graduation rates, cost, the median debt of students who complete the program, and other information, please view our Gainful Employment information for the particular certificate of study.