The Kansas Department of Commerce, Fort Scott Community College and Kaw
Area Technical School have teamed up to offer truck driving classes in Topeka.
The Topeka Capital-Journal reported that the three entities teamed up to offer the classes based on a
growing need for truck drivers in northeast
Richard Hoffman, general director at the
– or KATS – told The Capital-Journal that a recent survey of employers by the Department of Commerce showed that
there was a need for more training for truck drivers.
The first class began Nov. 21. A second class is scheduled to begin
KATS was looking for a program, and decided to take
program and expand it to
Under the arrangement, KATS provides classroom space, advertising and parking
for the truck used in for the class.
provides the truck,
enrollment, instruction and other equipment needed.
The Capitol-Journal said that
started its program in 1979, and later expanded to
The program now handles about 60 students per month.
The four-week program includes classroom lectures, discussion, hands-on
experience and a review of trucking laws. At the end of the program, students
can apply for their commercial driver’s license. There is a $22 licensing fee
charged by the state of
In-state tuition for the program is $1,648 and includes the cost of
fuel and instruction.
For more information, call 1-800-874-3722, Ext. 386.