Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Training Program

Online Commercial Driver's License Program


The Global Campus has forged a new partnership with Northwest Technical Institute and Mid-America Truck Driving School to offer a comprehensive Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Program designed to help participants develop the necessary skills to begin driving a truck professionally.

Experienced instructors from Mid-America Truck Driving School provide both hands-on training and the CDL knowledge needed to prepare students to properly and safely operate a truck, and to prepare to take the CDL exam.

There will be a shortage of nearly 50,000 truckers in the United States by the end of 2015, according a new report by the American Trucking Associations (ATA). Certified drivers are in high demand, and the transportation industry characteristically provides exceptional pay and benefits. Successful completion of this program will allow you the opportunity to start a great new career!

While this training program is available for all who qualify, the Global Campus’ partnership in the program is to help address the growing shortage of licensed truck drivers in the United States by offering expanded CDL test preparation opportunities to two specific target populations, including:

  1. Women - who make up 47% of the total U.S. labor force, yet only 6% of all truck drivers are women – according to data from the Labor Department and American Trucking Association.

  2. Veterans - Recently, the American Trucking Associations pledged that its members will hire 100,000 military veterans over the next two years. The US government is also trying to simplify the transition to the transportation industry for veterans by expanding its waiver program- giving states the authority to waive the skills portion of the CDL application for active-duty and recently discharged members of the U.S. armed services, National Guard, Reserve and U.S. Coast Guard- if those individuals have experience driving comparable military vehicles. Veterans may also apply to use their GI Benefits to pay for CDL training. These advances will result in returning veterans being able to get the training they need to re-enter the civilian workforce, at an affordable cost, in a career that characteristically provides exceptional pay and benefits, while meeting the demands of our US economy.

Learning Objectives

  • Modules 1 & 2 will be covered during weeks 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5.
  • Modules 3 & 4 will be covered during the 3rd, 4th & 5th weeks.
  • The course Final will be administered by the Arkansas State Police in week 5.


  • DOT Physical &  drug screen.
  • Fundamentals of commercial motor vehicle operation & handling techniques and characteristics.
  • Familiarization with nighttime driving; road  & weather conditions; high mountain driving. 
  • Understanding principles and proper use of air brakes. Controlled v.s. stab braking. Snubbing.
  • Recognizing effects of “rearward amplification”.
  • Skids: Anticipating, preventing, or correcting skids.
  • Hazmat transport rules and regulations.
  • Health & wellness awareness issues that impact CDL drivers; Qualifications; Whistleblower guidelines.
  • Inspecting truck/trailer.  


  • Placing vehicles in motion & use of controls (motor, clutch, transmission, brakes, steering, mirrors).
  • Coupling/Uncoupling; repositioning trailer axles & fifth wheel
  • Basic control skills: Straight line backing; offset backing; parallel parking; angle backing
  • Operating in traffic:  Safe following distance, turns, lane changes, intersections, speed & space management,
  • Defensive driving: Operating in light, moderate, and heavy traffic conditions.
  • General driving ability & habits:  Adapts to conditions, alert & attentive, positive attitude, even temper, correct lane position

The five-week program results in a total of 200 hours of combined classroom and behind-the-wheel training, including the course final exam. Each course was designed to provide the student with the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to obtain a commercial driver’s license.  The program will also equip students to operate any classification of commercial vehicle, including tractor and trailer vehicles, dump trucks, log trucks, cement mixers, school buses and coach buses.

Northwest Technical Institute

Mid America Truck Driving School


Includes all reading materials, DOT drug screen and physical exam.

Day Class

Monday - Friday
7:45am - 5:00pm
23 days
200 clock/contact hours

Program Dates:

01/25/16 - 02/24/16
03/07/16 - 04/06/16
04/18/16 - 05/18/16

Evening Class

Monday - Friday
5:30pm - 10:00 pm
46 days
200 clock/contact hours


05/30/16 - 06/29/16
07/11/16 - 08/10/16
08/22/16 - 09/22/16

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Classes will be held at...

Northwest Technical Institute
709 S Old Missouri Rd
Springdale, AR 72764


Doug CarterDoug Carter
Mid-America Truck Driving School

Doug holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Georgia Southwestern University, and previously worked as a senior accountant in corporate finance for a Fortune 500 company.  He then drove, owned and operated trucks for over 1 million safe miles.  In 2004, Doug was certified as a Smith System Instructor.  In founding Mid-America, his goal is to instill each entry-level truck driver with the value of defensive driving habits. Doug is also an Air Force veteran.


Cathy MeyerCathy Meyer
Lead Instructor
Mid-America Truck Driving School

Kathy holds an Associate’s Degree from College of the Ouachitas (formerly known as Ouachita Technical College), and has over twenty years of safe driving experience as a truck driver. She also worked as a driver trainer at CalArk for 10 years, and is also a past competitor in the AR Truck Driving Championship.  Both of Cathy’s sons followed in her footsteps with a career as truck drivers because of their admiration for her accomplishments.