Get out on the open road, listen to your favorite tunes, and make good money while driving professionally after completing a program in Truck/Bus Driving & Instructing. Typically available through certificate or associate degree programs, professional driving courses prepare you for a career in operating commercial vehicles. Potential jobs include a driver of big rigs, school buses, tankers, taxis, limousines, party buses, car haulers, flat beds, and a variety of other commercial vehicles.
Programs for commercial drivers are great for people who love driving and have a clean traffic record. Good people skills are helpful too. And if you know your way around the city/county/state you’ll be working in, that will make succeeding in the business all that much easier. During your driver program, you’ll likely have classroom instruction as well as driving practice on the road and in simulators. You’ll learn about everything from basic vehicle operation to safe driving in harsh weather and traffic conditions. Depending on your program, you’ll learn how to drive various commercial vehicles (diesel, gas, electric). You’ll also learn business procedures like loading/unloading cargo or passengers, keeping a log, handling shipping papers, and teaching others about commercial driving.
|School||Average Tuition||Student Teacher Ratio||Enrolled Students|
|Eastern Iowa Community College District Davenport, IA||61 : 1||8,002|
|Indian Hills Community College Ottumwa, IA||27 : 1||3,612|
|Hawkeye Community College Waterloo, IA||46 : 1||5,112|