The Pearl River Community College Workforce Education program is now offering commercial truck driving classes in Hattiesburg and Poplarville.
A new class starts each month, and the class — which meets from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday — meets for four weeks. Class meetings in Hattiesburg are at the Woodall Advanced Technology Center on Sullivan Drive. In Poplarville, classes meet at the college campus on U.S. 11.
Upon successful completion of the class, students will have the necessary skills to obtain a commercial driver’s license through the state. According to the federal government, workers are needed in this field due to a heavy demand for goods and to ensure the smooth flow of supply chains.
To apply, a valid Mississippi driver’s license is needed along with a Class A CDL permit, which can be obtained at driver service bureaus. The three-part permit test covers general knowledge, combination tractor-trailer vehicle operation and use of air brakes.
To schedule an appointment for the permit test, visit driverservicebureau.dps.ms.gov.
Applicants must also pass a drug and alcohol test and physical as mandated by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
An applicant’s driving record, which can be obtained from the state Department of Public Safety, is also required.
Financial assistance for the $2,000 course may be available.
For more information on aid, contact Deloris Butler at 601-584-1946 or Elisa Booth at 601-584-1145.
For more information on the Hattiesburg class, contact Michael Yarbrough at 601-554-4643.
To learn more or apply for the Poplarville class, contact Cheryl Frierson at 601.403.1113.