CDL/USA Truck Career Launch Program
Start a New Career with Great Benefits and Potential
Tuition Paid in Full for Qualified, Selected Candidates
No Experience Necessary
According to the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services, truck driving is considered an in-demand career. Truck drivers are in high demand in Arkansas, and throughout the U.S., and this workforce need is only continuing to grow. According to the American Trucking Association, there is currently a significant truck driver labor shortage, and in the U.S., it is expected that there will be a shortage of over 170,000 drivers by 2026.
To address this workforce development need and to provide training and skill development to Arkansans interested in the trucking industry, the USA Truck Career Launch Program offers qualified candidates an opportunity to apply for a scholarship to attend a Commercial Driver License (CDL) training program offered at an approved school within the state of Arkansas.
USA Truck Career Launch Program Objective & Goals
To educate job seekers about the vast career opportunities available to them in the trucking industry and to provide Commercial Driver License (CDL) training, through a scholarship program.
Expand Awareness and Excite Job Seekers:
A partnership between USA Truck and the University of Arkansas formed to expand awareness, within the workforce community, about the vast career opportunities available to job seekers in the trucking industry.
Remove Barriers to Education and Offer Career Development Opportunities:
This program is in place to address the growing shortage of licensed truck drivers in the United States by removing barriers to education by providing scholarships to eligible, approved candidates and by providing CDL training and career development opportunities to selected, qualified candidates. Successful graduates may serve as a pipeline of new talent to be fed directly to USA Truck as new hires.
USA Truck Career Launch Program will provide scholarships for qualified applicants. Scholarships pay the registration cost of the five-week CDL training program offered at an approved training program in Arkansas. Classes in NW Arkansas will be offered at the Northwest Technical Institute in Springdale.
Pre-screening and eligibility requirements
- Must be at least 21 years of age
- No more than 2 moving violations in the past 3 years
- No more than 2 collisions in the past 3 years
- No DUI's, DWI's or any other violations involving drugs or alcohol within the last 3 years
- Stable work history
- Complete an approved physical examination and drug screen as prescribed by the United States Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
Interested parties may be ineligible if they have any of the following infractions on their driving records:
- Major offenses
- Serious traffic violations (second offense)
- Railroad-highway grade crossing offenses
- Violating Out-of-Service orders
- Violating Implied Consent laws
- Operating a CMV with a CDL from a decertified state
Job Options Upon Completion
Successful CDL training program graduates who earn their commercial driver's licenses will be given preference for job openings with USA Truck. Details will be provided to scholarship applicants. A first-year driver with USA Truck has the potential to earn about $35,000 a year. Top-end, experienced owner-operators have an earning potential of $60,000 a year.
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.
- 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
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:
- 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.
- 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.
You must reside in Arkansas and within driving distance of an approved training program/school.
Please inquire for more details.
We can assist you in making a reservation at an extended stay hotel, but we do not pay for those costs or provide financial assistance for living expenses during the program.
If you qualify for the CDL Training Program, and indicate that you are interested in applying for the USA Truck Scholarship/Employment, your information will be forwarded to them and they will follow up with you to collect additional information.