Train to earn your Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and prepare for a career in the trucking industry, one of the fastest growing industries in the country. With over 300,000 truck driving jobs available in the United States, this course is designed for students with little or no commercial driving experience.

The Highland Community College Truck Driver Training Course, provided by the 160 Driving Academy, includes everything you need to earn a CDL and find your first job as a truck driver. You will train to earn your CDL learner’s permit in the first week of class as well as learn Department of Transportation (DOT) rules, regulations and log books. The remaining three weeks will be spent on thorough driving training in the yard and on the road.

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After successful completion of the course you will take the Secretary of State administered Class A test and receive a certificate from 160 Driving Academy as well as an Illinois Commercial Driver’s License from the Secretary of State. Most importantly, our staff will work with our partners in the trucking industry to secure job placement for you. Prior to starting the course, you must provide a copy of your DOT physical and drug screening test. Courses start every two weeks. Please call 815.599.3418 for an appointment today.


Night classes are available in the Freeport location. Classes are eight weeks from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.


160 Driving Academy is pleased to announce that we now offer two locations in the greater Rockford area for CDL training.  Students can choose to do their practical training at our new lot located at 5010 Forest Hills Rd., Loves Park, or at our facility at Highland Community College, 2998 W. Pearl City Rd. in Freeport.  Classes begin every other week and last four weeks.  All students will spend the first week of the program in the Freeport classroom and 160 Driving Academy will provide daily student transportation from Rockford to Freeport for students from the Rockford area. The remaining three weeks can be spent in either Freeport or Loves Park. 


Veterans who qualify under the Post 9/11 GI Bill or Illinois Veterans Grant may be eligible for benefits to help with the cost of the truck-driver training program. Veterans may be responsible for additional course fees depending on eligibility and benefits available.


Another successful story - "My husband was instructed by Jonah in Freeport.  He struggled so much with learning how to drive a semi.  But his instructor didn't give up on him and he passed.  He speaks of Jonah to this day and I just wanted to say Thank You from the bottom of my heart for giving my husband the guidance and education he needed to finally have a career he is proud of.  Your school saved our family."

Contact us at 815.599.3418 or E-mail: for more information on how we can help meet your training needs.

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