Transportation Institute (CDL)

How can they help your business?

About the KC Transportation Institute:

Kilgore College trains individuals who are new to the field of commercial driving and also can enhance and reinforce skills for more experienced drivers. Courses are offered at a variety of times, including day, evening and weekend programs.

How to apply:


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Tuition dollars are available through grants!

There are tuition dollars available for qualified students thanks to a Texas Public Educational Grant (TPEG). Click here for more information on how to apply for these grants.

Have questions or need more info?

Email us to ask any questions or to learn more about the program.

What do graduates of the program do?

They transport goods including cars, livestock, and other materials in liquid, loose, or packaged form. Many routes are from city to city and cover long distances. Some truck drivers have regular runs to transport freight to the same city on a regular basis. Other drivers perform runs because shippers request varying service to different cities every day. Long-distance truck drivers spend most of their working time behind the wheel, but also may have to load or unload their cargo. The U.S. Department of Transportation requires that drivers keep a log of their activities, the condition of the truck and the circumstances of any accidents. East Texas companies use many drivers in oil field, manufacturing and delivery positions.

Applications being accepted for CDL classes:

The KC Transportation Institute is currently accepting applications for the CDL class that will begin soon. Apply below. Please note that tuition will slightly increase for classes beginning on or after Sept. 1, 2021.


Areas of Study:

Qualified applicants must be at least 18 years old, have a copy of a clean driving record obtained through the Texas DPS office with 10 years of driving history, complete and pass a Department of Transportation Physical Exam and meet the requirements of the Motor Carrier Federal Safety Regulations, Qualifications of Drivers.

Commercial Driver’s License Exam Preparation (Pre-Trip Training) – CVOP 1015:
For individuals who have a Commercial Learner’s Permit but need help passing the DOT pre trip portion of their CDL Exam.
Two-day course, Fridays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost is $200
16-Hour Certificate

Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP) Class “A” / Refresher Course – CVOP 1015:
For individuals looking to obtain a Class “A” permit or needing update training for new rules and regulations.
One-week program, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost is $500
40-Hour Certificate

Professional Truck Driver I - CVOP 1013:
For individuals who have a Commercial Learner’s Permit with tanker endorsement and need current driving hours and a vehicle.
Four-week program, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost is $4,000
160-Hour Certificate

Complete Commercial Driver’s License Training (CDL) Class “A” - CVOP 1015 & CVOP 1013:
For individuals new to the transportation industry who need their CLP and CDL.
Five-week program, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost is $4,500
40-Hour Permit Training Certificate
160-Hour License Training Certificate

For Veterans:

The Academy is an approved WIA course and is also eligible for veterans benefits.

Need more information?

For more information, click here or contact Robert Horn at or (903) 988-7576 for available class dates and times.


For information about Transportation Technology (CDL):

Elizabeth Buckner
Support Assistant, Transportation Institute (CDL)
KC Electrical Power Tech (KCEPT)
Risk Management Institute (RMI)
(903) 988-7452
Whitten Applied Tech. Center (WHITN), 109-A
Robert Horn
Workforce Development Specialist
Public Services & Industrial Technologies
(903) 988-7576
Whitten Applied Tech. Center (WHITN), 109-A
Elizabeth Leamon
Transportation Institute (CDL)
(903) 988-7500
Whitten Applied Tech. Center (WHITN), 113
Michael Quattlebaum
CDL instructor
(903) 988-3724
Whitten Applied Tech. Center (WHITN), 113