Professional truck driving school opens at Reece Center campus

South Plains College recently announced that it will open a professional truck driving school at the Reese Center campus.

New classes began on Jan. 28, and others will begin every two weeks. Class sizes will range from 12 to 18 students. Courses cost $4,995, and classes will be held from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, according to Jay Warnick, director of continuing and workforce development at SPC.

“Currently, it’s at the Reese Center, but the plan is to eventually move it here to Levelland,” Warnick said. “We want to be known as what is called a third-party test site, so that way we can do the DPS driven portion ourselves. But there is a certification you have to go through.”

In order to enroll and be accepted into the program, there are certain requirements that students must have. Students must be at least 21 years of age, have a GED or high school diploma and a valid Class C Texas Drivers License. Students who are interested in enrolling can apply at the official SPC website.

The purpose of this course is to certify the students at the end of the four weeks of classes. Students will be prepared for a written exam featuring the rules and regulations, coordinated by the Texas Department of Transportation. They will receive a range of hands-on driving skills practice and experience for a Class A license, according to Warnick.

Students also will be familiarized with safety procedures, vehicle and equipment inspections, safe driving techniques, map reading, and dispatch procedures by the end of the course.