Truck Driving Training

Overview

Your Road to Success...Let us Lead the Way

Are you looking for a career that will allow you to travel and see new places and meet new people; where the income, benefits and job security are excellent? Are you looking for a career where you are practically your own boss while on the road? The Truck Driver Training School at SVCC could be the beginning to your achievement of these career goals.

Main focal points during the course will include preventive maintenance, highway safety and handling hazardous materials. A good attitude is the key to successfully understanding the elements of these very important topics in the trucking industry. Bring a good attitude and you will probably leave with a better one.

The training school length is 6 weeks with locations at Fort Pickett in Blackstone, Virginia and South Boston, Virginia and Emporia, VA.  Students receive approximately 240 hours of training  Classes are Monday through Thursday from 7 AM to 5 PM. The class day is structured very close to a normal workday. Pre-trip inspections, keeping logbooks updated, and constant backing up and twisting and turning to maneuver the trucks will become habit.

A prospective student must provide the following one week prior to the start of class:

  • Be 18 years of age
  • Have a valid Virginia Driver's license
  • Provide the school with a copy of his/her driving record
  • Pass a D.O.T Physical exam
  • Pass a drug test and permit to being randomly tested for drugs and alcohol during the program
  • Must have CDL-A learner's permit

Trucking companies are interested only in drivers with good driving records. DUI's, reckless driving, and too many speeding tickets are unacceptable. SVCC will not require one, but the motor carrier will run a criminal background check on all prospective employees. Conviction of theft or use of drugs will probably prevent your being hired by a trucking company. We will try to answer any questions you might have concerning these matters.

Upcoming Program Start Dates: 

  • Blackstone, Virginia Start Dates: Sept 8 - Oct 15; Nov 2 - Dec 10
  • Emporia, Virginia Start Dates: May 5 - June 11; July 13 - August 20
  • South Boston, Virginia Start Dates: May 11 - June 18; July 20 - August 27; Sept 14 - Oct 22; Nov 9 - Dec 17

All sessions are 6 weeks, Monday through Thursday, 7 AM to 5 PM. 

Tuition 

In-State: $4,500

*The FastForward Credential Grant will help pay tuition costs for qualifying Virginians. Additional scholarships may also be available.

Length

6 Weeks

 

 

Contact for More Information:

Suzanne Shook, 434-736-2093 Email: suzanne.shook@southside.edu (Emporia & South Boston)

Duncan Quicke, 434-292-1650 or 434-480-0746 Email: duncan.quicke@southside.edu (Blackstone)

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