January 17, 2018 – So that residents of South Florida State College’s district can take advantage of the high demand for qualified truck drivers, the college is now offering a 16-week evening and Saturday Commercial Vehicle Driving course in addition to its current eight-week daytime course.

The next 16-week course runs Feb. 26 through June 18, and meets Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30-9:30 p.m., and Saturdays, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at the SFSC Crews Center in Avon Park. The next eight-week course runs March 5-April 26, and meets Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The 16-week and eight-week courses are 256 contact hours. Students must be at least 18 years of age to register for the class.

The Commercial Vehicle Driving course prepares students to pass the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) examination and become a truck driver. The CDL examination is administered by SFSC as part of the program.

The course covers:

  • Department of Transportation rules and regulations, safety, logs, and other legal issues that apply to trucking and transportation.
  • Vehicle systems, safe vehicle operations, and hazardous materials.
  • Personal finances, business math, and public and employer relations.
  • Extensive hands-on experience with emergency equipment, safety operations, and preventive maintenance.

“What makes our program stand out is that we limit our class size to eight students, allowing more seat time – actual driving time,” said Tina Gottus, director, Corporate and Community Education. 

Students will also have contact with trucking and logistics company representatives who will speak with them about expectations in their industries as well as possible job openings.

For more information about SFSC’s Commercial Vehicle Driving course, call 863-784-7033 or email corporatetraining@southflorida.edu.