New truck driver training program in Arkansas

The University of Arkansas is working with two technical institutions to offer a test preparation program for those seeking a commercial driver’s license.

Courses begin this month.

Arkansas training program prepares students for CDL

The university’s Global Campus in Rogers, Ark. created a new partnership with Northwest Technical Institute in Springdale and Mid-America Truck Driving School Inc. of Springdale/Malvern to offer a commercial driver’s license program.

The course, which costs $3,700, prepares students to apply for a CDL.

The five-week program includes 200 hours of combined classroom and behind-the-wheel training, including the course final exam. It also equips students to operate any classification of commercial vehicle, including tractor/trailers, dump trucks, log trucks, cement mixers, school buses and coach buses.

Classes run from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Courses begin at the start of each calendar month throughout the year. Evening classes are also available.

The program is open to all applicants who qualify to take the CDL exam, and a statement from the university said it is meant to expand commercial driver training and testing opportunities for women and veterans.