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Hawkeye Community College

6433 Hammond Ave, Waterloo, IA 50701

(319) 296-4286 | Website

Class A Commercial Drivers License

Looking to start a career in truck driving? Hawkeye's Class A Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Certificate program is a competency-based program designed for individuals to train for a career that offers freedom, stability, and competitive pay. You progress through the program as you master the content.

The program will focus on developing safe driving skills in backing, turning, and driving on rural and suburban roads.

Students will train using a variety of techniques including:

Web-based and classroom instruction

Full-size semis

Virtual driving simulators

Upon completion, students will take their DOT skills and driving tests to obtain their Class A CDL.

Hawkeye has a placement rate of 98% (per 2017 PTDI reporting) into the career. Commercial truck driving is a great paying career with excellent opportunities. Our graduates can find employment in a variety of areas including:

- Truck driver

- Spotter

- Shag driver

- Freight agent

Truck drivers are in demand and the need for drivers is expected to increase over the next several years. Iowa Workforce Development projects more than 1,300 openings each year for truck drivers in Iowa through the year 2024.

The Regional Transportation Training Center, located south of the main campus, is a training location for a variety of short-term training and continuing education driving courses.

The driving range features an open driving area, 26-foot wide road, inclines, and left and right turns.

The center's building houses classrooms, drive through truck bays, and has space for four virtual driving simulators.

Driver training is currently offered as continuing education driving courses, and short-term training.

- Driver education courses will help improve your driving abilities using the Skid Monster, a specially equipped vehicle that simulates adverse driving conditions.

- Moped and motorcycle safety courses, including the only 3-wheel motorcycle training course in the state of Iowa.

- Commercial Driver's License (CDL) training

- School or passenger bus license

- Iowa Law Enforcement Academy


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