Commercial Truck Driving

truckingThe Commercial Truck Driving program, located on the Olive Branch campus, prepares students for occupations in the trucking industry. It is an 8-week course which meets five days per week. In presenting the material, the instructor uses both the lecture and demonstration method of teaching with active participation and practice by the students.

Upon successful completion of the 240 hours, the student is awarded a certificate and nine semester hours credit.

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Entrance requirements:

1. Must have high school diploma or GED equivalency.
2. Must be 21 years of age.
3. Must be able to produce a valid driver’s license. (Commercial License not required for admission – should be capable of meeting requirements.)
4. Must be capable of driving a manual transmission.
5. Must present a copy of official driver’s record. Applicants can obtain a copy on-line at the MS Highway Safety Patrol website ( . Click on “renew driver’s license” to order and print the report.
6. Must complete D.O.T. physical and drug screen before acceptance.
7. Must have CDL learner’s permit.

The Commercial Truck Driving curriculum consists of four general categories:
1. CLASSROOM – Department of Transportation regulations, demonstrations, freight handling, defensive driving, accidents, insurance, customer relations, maintenance of equipment, etc.
2. FIELD WORK – Basic driving skills, handling of equipment, yard tests, various transmission, etc.
3. ROAD DRIVING – Actual day and night highway driving.
4. CITY DRIVING – Actual driving in city traffic.

Counselor: Candis Walker | Phone: 662-280-6124 | Office location: DeSoto Center

Instructor: Keith Wilbanks | Phone:  662-280-6181 | Office location: Olive Branch campus

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