NDOT Offering Free Truck-Driving Courses

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The Nevada Department of Transportation will begin offering a free commercial truck driver training program to help provide highway and construction jobs to minorities, women and disadvantaged job seekers.

Prequalification certifications are being accepted now for the program’s seven-week courses, which are taught by Horizon Truck School to provide training to drive commercial trucks and construction equipment.

All needed endorsements for a full commercial driver’s license are taught, including double, triple and tanker trucks and hazardous material.

The training’s main focus is on construction equipment such as dump trucks, end dumps, bottom dumps, water trucks, transfer trailers and passenger endorsements as required by most federal highway construction jobs. At course end, successful students receive a commercial driver’s license and job placement assistance.

“This is one way NDOT is putting federal Recovery transportation funds to work all across the state to encourage dedicated, qualified construction workers to join Nevada’s construction and road trades,” explained Dana Olivera, NDOT project manager overseeing the training program.

The free courses are held at Reno’s Horizon Truck School, with limited registration for upcoming seven-week classes available by calling (775) 342-0238. Information on the program is also available through program partners such as the Walker River Paiute Tribe and the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe.