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Truck Driver Training

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Commercial truck driving is one of the fastest growing jobs in the United States. In fact,the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that 100,000 more truck drivers will be needed by 2024. Having a Type A commercial driver’s license can put you in the driver’s seat of a new, high paying career.


Week 1

52 hours of classroom instruction that prepares students to receive their Type A driving permit. All instruction occurs at SVCC in room 3K4 (third floor, river side) generally from 8:00am - 4:30pm, Monday-Friday. However, class times may vary.

Weeks 2-4

Training includes a minimum of 128 hours of behind-the-wheel training in 10-speed manual tractor trailers. This training prepares students for the Class A (CDL) driving exam. Students will be tested on pre-trip inspection, yard skills, and road skills. Truck driving vehicle operation training will generally begin at 7:30 a.m. Monday-Friday in Sauk’s East Parking Lot. As students’ skills progress, they will be driving on roads throughout Northwest Illinois.

Upcoming Class Dates

May 23 – June 24

June 20 – July 22

July 18 – August 19

August 15 – September 16

September 12 – October 14

October 10 – November 11

November 7 – December 9

(Class dates may be adjusted due to weather and truck maintenance.)


The cost of the program is $4,920 and includes cost of the Department of Transportation physical, drug screen, and administrative fees. Students are required to pay out of pocket for the Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) $13 and the cost of the permit/license $50. Financial assistance may be available through grants based on eligibility.

Brenda Helms

Contact Information

Brenda Helms will provide you with an orientation to the truck driving program, payment options, and answer any of your questions before you enroll. Contact Brenda today at 815-835-6212 or brenda.helms@svcc.edu!