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Miles Community College Offers CDL Courses

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(Miles City, MT) – The Miles Community College Workforce Development program is offering a CDL Basics course as well as a refresher course this spring. The Commercial Driver’s License Basics course will be offered in four different sessions while the refresher course has two sessions to choose from.
 
The CDL Basics course is designed to provide students with essential knowledge and practical skills necessary to prepare you for the MT Commercial Driver’s License written examination and skills test. This program is designed to provide tractor-trailer driving fundamentals to students who have minimal or no truck driving experience. The 4 week program includes classroom instruction, hands-on labs and behind-the-wheel driving time. At the conclusion of the course, students may use the MCC truck to complete the driver’s portion of the CDL examination. Students must show proof of a valid Montana driver’s license and will be required to be enrolled in an MCC contracted random drug and alcohol testing pool. The classes will be Monday thru Thursday from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm in Room 314 and each session will run for four weeks. The sessions will begin on January 23rd, February 27th, March 26th, and April 23rd.
 
The MT Commercial Driver’s License Written Examinations may be taken anywhere in the State of Montana. The testing site will require the student to provide a DOT physical and the fee for the test (all at student’s expense), a social security card and driver’s license. A permit is required from passing the written examination prior to beginning the skills portion of the course. If student desires the use of the MCC semi, the skills test must be taken in Miles City at a time scheduled by the DMV and MCC (skills test will rarely be scheduled during this class, so participants will need to be available at a later date). Completion of the course does not guarantee participant will pass the DMV-CDL exams and it does not guarantee employment.
 
This CDL Refresher course is specifically designed to prepare you for the MT Commercial Driver’s License Class A Road Test. The class is designed for those that have recently taken and passed the MT CDL Class A Knowledge Test. The course covers the operation, preventative maintenance and basic components of the semi-truck and trailer. The course allows the student the use of MCC’s semi and trailer for supervised practice of the skill portion of the CMV test. Topics include but are not limited to: general knowledge, pre-trip inspection, proper backing procedures, on road procedures and safety practices for the professional driver. At the conclusion of the course, students may use the MCC truck to complete the driver’s portion of the CDL examination. Students must show proof of a valid Montana Class A CDL permit acquired upon successful completion of the MT CDL Class A Knowledge Test (written test), have truck driving experience and registration approval from instructor is required, and will be required to be enrolled in an MCC contracted random drug and alcohol testing pool. This class is offered by MCC’s Heavy Equipment Program instructor Jerry Forman in two different sessions, the first being March 5th – 9th and also May 21st – 25th, both from 8:00 am – 5:00 in Room 314.
 
MT Commercial Driver’s License Written Examinations may be taken anywhere in the State of Montana. A permit is required from passing the written examination prior to completing the skills test. If student desires the use of the MCC semi, the skills test must be taken in Miles City at a time scheduled by the DMV and MCC (skills test will rarely be scheduled during the week of this class, so participants will need to be available at a later date). Completion of the course does not guarantee participant will pass the DMV-CDL exams and it does not guarantee employment.
 
For more information on these courses or to register, contact Workforce Development program director Kassie Taylor at 406/874-6199 or taylork@milescc.edu.

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