Below you will find important information about our school and how to enroll.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 570-839-2778, option 1.
Class A Program
This course provides theoretical and practical instruction with safety in mind, to educate the student and prepare them for entry level into the job market with emphasis on being a company driver. The student will learn vehicle control systems, D.O.T. rules and regulations, logs, and all legal topics of interest to trucking and transportation. Additional topics include safe operation, defensive driving, speed and space management, cargo handling, hazardous materials, job applications, drivers' role in public and employer relations, alcohol and other drugs. The student will also receive hands-on experience in backing, starting, stopping, turning, shifting, coupling, uncoupling, docking, emergency equipment, sharing the road, and pre-trip inspection. This will prepare the student to take the necessary exams to obtain a Commercial Driver's License to operate a Class A vehicle. Successful students will earn a Class A CDL with air brakes, hazardous materials, tank, and doubles/triples endorsements.
Class A Refresher Program
This course is designed for the student with previous verifiable theoretical instruction or driving experience. The previous experience must be verified with a program coordinator. In addition the applicant must be current on Hours of Service regulations and demonstrate the ability to prepare daily logs. The course provides practical instruction with safety in mind, to educate the students and prepare them for an entry level position into the job market with emphasis on being a company driver. The student will receive extensive hands-on experience in backing, starting, stopping, turning, emergency equipment, sharing the road, and pre-trip inspection. This will prepare the student to take the necessary exams to obtain a Commercial Driver's License to operate a Class A vehicle. Successful students will earn a Class A CDL with air brakes, hazardous materials, tank, and doubles/triples endorsements.
Class B Program
This course will cover the same basic information as the Class A program. This course will prepare the student to take the necessary exams to obtain a Commercial Driver's License to operate a Class B vehicle. Successful students will earn a Class B CDL with air brakes, hazardous materials and tank endorsements.
The classroom portion is held in up to date dedicated classrooms at Northampton Community College's site located in Pocono Corporate Center East. Topics are taught by instructional staff who have at least 3 years of tractor trailer driving experience. Educational materials include text books, audio visual materials, lecture, and group discussion. The driving portion of the program is held in a range where there is ample area to practice pre-trip and backing skills.
Equipment is leased or owned by the College and includes late model Freightliners with 10 speed transmissions and vans of various lengths (48 and 53 foot), and also includes a weighted trailer.
Students interested in visiting the school are encouraged to stop by at their convenience to view the facilities and equipment and to talk with the office and/or instructional staff.
Students must complete the following in order to graduate from the program:
The student will receive a graduation packet which includes a graduation letter, certificate of completion, copies of grades, and a local job list. The student will receive a specialized diploma from the College at a later date.
PTDI Certification – Professional Truck Driving Institute
The student will receive a certificate from PTDI if he/she completes the required PTDI certification hours: minimum of 44 hours behind the wheel and 104 hours of classroom/lab. Visit www.PTDI.org for more information.
Evaluations are completed at the end of the classroom portion, midway of the road/range portion, and at the end of the road/range portion. If you want to make comments regarding either course content or the instructors, contact the Driver Training Program at 570-839-2778.
The standards of conduct at the Northampton Community College Driver Training Program are patterned after those that prevail in the trucking industry. Students are expected to observe the College regulations, to follow directions given by their instructors, and to conduct themselves in a manner that is a tribute to the program.
The following activities at or around the College facilities and equipment will be cause for immediate dismissal:
It is expected that all assignments, quizzes, and exams are the work of the student. Any student deviating from this policy may be withdrawn from the program.
Disruptive Behavior, Noises, Attire, and Attitudes
Disruptive behaviors can be illustrated by wearing improper clothing, excessive talking, consistent tardiness, leaving class early, speaking while others are speaking/presenting information, and improper language. Any of these behaviors are unacceptable and consequences will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
Cell Phone and Pager Use
All cell phones and pagers MUST be turned off in classroom, on the range, and on the road. Exceptions will be granted by the staff for emergency situations only.
Only College staff and students are allowed in the classroom, on the range, or in the trucks, except as approved by program staff.
A successful learning experience is not based on a one-way model of the teacher merely delivering information. It necessitates the student being in class, joining discussions, asking questions and participating in the learning process.
Attendance and punctuality are stressed throughout the course. Students are expected to attend all class sessions and are responsible for all material presented in classroom, range, and road. However, a student without a valid excuse (i.e. illness, death in the student's immediate family, etc.) who misses more than three consecutive days or five days total, may, on the recommendation of the instructor(s) and the approval of the Director, be withdrawn from the program. The amount of time missed due to arriving late or leaving early may also be added to determine total days missed. Students recommended for withdrawal from the program will be so notified and given one week to appeal to the Director. The Director may discuss the situation with the instructor(s) and the Director will make the final decision regarding withdrawal.
The possibility exists that the school may need to close due to inclement weather or an emergency situation. To check if classes are cancelled, call 570-839-2778 and listen to the recorded message. Any changes to the schedule are noted on the recording by 6:30AM for day classes and 3:30PM for evening classes.
Northampton Community College is committed to being accessible to all students. To make requests for special services, the student should call 610-861-5342. The College's Coordinator for the Americans with Disabilities Act can be reached at 610-861-5496.
A positive test result from a drug screen will prevent a student from starting or continuing the class in which they are enrolled. The Director will discuss the impact a positive result can have on a career in the driving industry. In addition, a positive result may require the student to pay additional costs to the lab for processing a positive result.
Cancelling your enrollment or withdrawing from the program after taking the DOT physical and drug screen will result in the charges begin billed back to you. If you change your start date repeatedly the charges for the DOT physical and drug screen may revert to you (please see a program administrator for clarification).
The Driver Training Program will schedule students for their Pennsylvania or New Jersey CDL test. If a student fails a test they will be required to return for additional training prior to their next test.
Pennsylvania Licensed Students
Pennsylvania licensed students will be scheduled for up to three state tests at no additional cost. If the student desires additional testing after the third failure, fees will be charged for training and testing.
New Jersey Licensed Students
We will schedule New Jersey students for two tests that are covered by the testing fees paid at the beginning of the course. The student will incur additional testing fees for the third and subsequent tests. After the third failed test, any additional training and testing fees will be the responsibility of the student.
To qualify for admission into the College's truck driving programs and to obtain employment in the trucking industry, a driver must meet the minimum requirements as stated in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.
Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) operators are required to take a U.S. Department of Transportation physical every two years. There are certain portions of the physical that may disqualify a person from driving a CMV.
We offer job placement assistance to our student graduates. However, we cannot guarantee employment. It is up to the student to successfully gain employment. We will provide you with job leads for local, regional, and over the road companies. We have numerous recruiters visit the class and make presentations about their companies.
Some criteria that companies are screening before hiring you are your 10 year job history, your motor vehicle report, and your criminal background.
Northampton Community College
Driver Training Program
1900 Corporate Center Drive East
Tobyhanna, PA 18466
Office: Room 106
Classroom: Room 111
From the Stroudsburg area:
From Route 80 West take 380 North to the 1st exit which is #3 (Pocono Route 940). At the top of the ramp turn right. At the 5th light make a left onto Route 611 North. Follow approximately 1 ½ miles. At the 1st traffic light make a right onto Corporate Center Drive East. Follow the road to the end. Our building is on the right.
From the Lehigh Valley area:
From Route 33 North take Route 80 West to 380 North to the 1st exit which is #3 (Pocono Route 940). At the top of the ramp turn right. At the 5th light make a left onto Route 611 North. Follow approximately 1 ½ miles. At the 1st traffic light make a right onto Corporate Center Drive East. Follow the road to the end. Our building is on the right.
From the Scranton area:
Route 380 South to Tobyhanna exit (8) - turn right onto Route 611 South. Follow approximately 4 miles. At the 3rd traffic light make a left onto Corporate Center Drive East. Follow the road to the end. Our building is on the right.
The non-refundable registration fee must be paid when you register for a class. The balance due for program tuition and fees must be paid in full no later than the day you begin your training. We accept the following forms of payment: cash, bank or certified check, money order and most major credit cards.
Out-side education loans
You may apply for an outside educational loan through your established lender. Eligibility is determined by your income, employment status, and your credit worthiness. A co-signer may be required.
Questions you may want to ask the lender before securing a loan are:
You may qualify for public funds through State and Federal programs designed to provide job training assistance to qualified applicants. These include the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), Vocational Rehabilitation Assistance (OVR), Veterans Administration (VA), Welfare-to-Work (WtW), and the Trade Readjustment Act (TRA/TAA). Please contact your local Career Link or unemployment office to discuss your eligibility for these programs.
Note: There are multiple Veterans Benefits programs. You must obtain a certificate of eligibility prior to enrollment. The Montgomery G.I. bill pays on a post-payment system. This monthly benefit is calculated by the V.A. at defined daily rate multiplied by the number of days of your program. Please contact the College's V.A. Representative Diana Holva at 610-861-5508 or at email@example.com for further information.
Employer Tuition Reimbursement Plans
Some companies have reimbursement programs that may pay for the tuition portion of your schooling. Please inquire about tuition reimbursement with company recruiters.
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Enrollment of a minimum of 2 students for class to begin
Offered on demand (Minimum of two students required to run class).