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Truck Driving Program Adds Classes for Drivers Returning to the Profession and Aspiring Owner-Operators

April 11, 2017 -- CNM is adding two new truck driving classes offered through the School of Applied Technologies – one will help former truck drivers get the training they need to start driving for a living again and the other will help those with a Commercial Drivers License learn what it takes to be a successful owner-operator in the trucking industry.

Apr 11, 2017

The first new class is a Refresher Course designed to help professional truck drivers with either a Class A or Class B Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). A holder who may have been out of the industry for some time can take three weeks of pre-trip, backing and road time to get a 90-hour, two-lab credit hours skill refresher. Upon completion, a letter will be available to take to potential employers that indicates the driver completed the program of study and has refreshed their skills adequately. This is good for someone who is returning to industry.

In addition to the Class A holder, this class is also offered to CNM Truck Driving students who need to retest to earn their CDL Class A. This class is not part of the Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI) Certified Truck Driving Program.

The other new course is an Owner-Operator class. This class is designed to help inform a current Class A or B CDL holder, or any interested student, to learn what it takes to become an owner-operator in the trucking industry. Some topics include:

  • How early should one get started to become an owner-operator?
  • What are some considerations to be aware of financially?
  • Recordkeeping
  • Purchasing a truck
  • Lease/Purchase operations
  • Finding Freight
  • Do I want a tractor only or tractor and trailer?
  • Can I be successful with a Class B straight truck?

In addition to regular lecture/discussion classes, there will be guest speakers. This course is designed to inform and educate those who may want to become owner-operators and potentially own their own trucking company in the future.

Call (505) 224-3711 or email technology@cnm.edu for more information.