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2023-2024 WWCC College Catalog 
    
2023-2024 WWCC College Catalog

Commercial Truck Driving


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Program available at/via: [Walla Walla]

Department Overview: Commercial Truck Driving off ers short-term courses that provide students the potential for immediate employment in a living wage job upon successful completion. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires specialized training in the areas of driver qualifi cation, hours of service, driver wellness, and whistleblower protection for entry-level drivers who are subject to the commercial driver’s license requirements (49 CFR Part 380). The Commercial Truck Driving program provides the mandatory training for the Washington State Commercial Truck Driving License requirements for both new and renewing drivers. Students learn to maneuver large vehicles on crowded streets and in highway traffi c, as well as learn to inspect trucks and freight for compliance with regulations. The Commercial Truck Driving curriculum is reviewed by an advisory board composed of local and regional industry members. Students must provide proof of lawful permanent residency or U.S. Citizenship when applying for this certification. ONE of the following six approved, government-issued documents will need to be presented to the Department of Licensing: Valid U.S. passport, Certificate of Naturalization, government-issued birth certificate, Certificate of Citizenship, permanent resident card “Green Card”, or Consular Report of Birth Abroad. Photocopies are not accepted.

Program Level Outcomes:

  • Implement competency-based education, skill standards, and program certifi cation.
  • Create and maintain a marketing plan related to student recruitment.
  • Update facilities with consideration for function and appearance.
  • Maintain up-to-date curriculum that meets or exceeds the Washington State requirement for a Class A driver’s license.

Degrees: WWCC offers a Truck Driver Training Certificate.

Industry Description: Truck drivers are a constant presence on the nation’s highways and interstates, delivering three out of every four tons of goods shipped in the country. Firms of all kinds rely on trucks for pickup and delivery of goods because no other form of transportation can deliver goods door to door. Even if goods travel in part by ship, train, or airplane, trucks carry nearly all goods at some point in their journey from producer to consumer. This trend, combined with increased pay and benefi t packages provided by motor carrier employers has led to the strong demand for commercial truck drivers.

Entrance Requirements: The prospective student must have a valid state license with NO current driving privilege suspension in any state; demonstrated physical qualifi cations by passing a D.O.T. physical examination and drug screening as required by FMCSR part 391; meet current hiring standards as set by the trucking industry; be 18 years of age or older; and have instructor permission. Students may enter the program in fall, winter, or spring quarter. Other Information: For additional information including regional employment data, completion rates, student characteristics, and employment see http://www.careerbridge.wa.gov.

 

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    Commercial Truck Driving

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