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Turtle Mountain Community College

10145 BIA Road 7, Belcourt, ND 58316

(701) 477-7862 | Website

Turtle Mountain Community College - Commercial Driver Training

TMCC’s CVO Curriculum will provide students with competencies and skill to assist in obtaining a North Dakota Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). This Program provides education and hands on training including traffic laws, safety regulations, log books, driver vehicle inspection reports and other aspects of general education. These graduates will gain a working knowledge of a tractor and trailer through a combination of classroom, simulation and behind-the-wheel driver training.

Turtle Mountain College Commercial Driver program provides core knowledge education that trains for success. We have established these goals to assist in our student’s success:

1 - For students to become professional drivers, programs will provide both knowledge content and practice experience, by including an effective balance of classroom, lab, simulation, range and street-highway lessons.

2 - Programs will be constantly evaluated and revised so that they provide career-oriented (realistic and up-to-date) material and activities. This involves individual focus on prospective careers in which each student will most likely begin employment with.

3 - Programs will be provided by quality instructors who have extensive knowledge in transportation. They are professionals who are aware of their responsibility to provide the best education possible to each student.

4 - The program and equipment will be maintained to meet high standards so that the programs are presented in a sound, safe learning environment. All personnel must be alert to any unsafe conditions and responsible for the safety of all individuals using the facilities and the equipment.

5 - All personnel within Commercial Driver program are committed to the philosophy, programs and their objectives, and most importantly, the students at Turtle Mountain College.

6 - Upon graduation, we will strive to provide each student with the opportunity for a career determined to best fit their needs, which will increase the probability for success.

Turtle Mountain Community College (TMCC) is one of the original six tribal colleges that were established by various Indian Tribes in the early 1970’s. The Turtle Mountain Chippewa Tribe chartered the college in 1972. The Turtle Mountain Community College is located in north central North Dakota in the historical wooded, hilly, and lake-filled area known as the Turtle Mountains. This area is one of North Dakota’s few all-service and all-seasons recreational areas. In addition to being the home of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa the area is the home of the world-renowned International Peace Garden.

In its brief history the college has emerged as a leader among this nation’s 32 tribal colleges. Its origin was humble. For the first few years the college operated out of two offices on the third floor of a former Catholic Convent. For a short period the college operated out of the basement of an abandoned IHS facility. In 1977 the college moved into an abandoned tribal building and a BIA facility that had been moved to Belcourt’s main street by a tribal member who had converted the building to a café and dance hall. It was on Belcourt’s main street that the college later purchased and renovated several old buildings and as funding became available built a series of primarily metal buildings.


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