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Commercial Drivers License-Truck Driving Entrepreneurship

SEE UPDATES/CLARIFICATIONS to 2021-2022 CATALOG: This program is no longer offered.

This certificate has been designed to expand the traditional truck driving training to include learning principles of business, marketing, personal selling, advertising, and entrepreneurship. Students completing the certificate will have the basic skills required to open, manage, and grow their own truck driving business.

Work and Employment

According to the Owner-Operator Independent Driver Association (OOIDA), there are approximately 350,000 owner-operators making this one of the largest groups of business owners in the United States. Nearly 45% of these owner-operators have received some sort of college education. Tractor-trailer truck drivers are expected to grow five percent from 2014-2024 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Sauk Valley region, with numerous industries and distribution centers, along with its position on the I-88 corridor, offers many truck driving opportunities for owner-operators. 

Special Considerations

To obtain employment as a commercial driver, individuals must be at least 18 years of age (there is no top age restriction), possess a safe driving record, be able to pass regular drug screenings and a Department of Transportation physical exam, and not have been convicted of any felonies.

Estimated Program Cost

The following figures are based on 2021-22 tuition and fee rates and the course fees in the Class Schedule for the required minimum number 18 credit hours.

Tuition $2,502.00 $6,480.00 $7,236.00
Fees $288.00 $288.00 $288.00
Course Fees * $6,988.00 * $6,988.00 * $6,988.00
Total Tuition and Fees $9,778.00 $13,756.00 $14,512.00

* Note: Course fees may vary depending upon the classes that a student completes within an academic program. The course fee above is only an estimation and represents the maximum course fees possible; it is likely that course fees will be lower than the estimation above.