CDL classes begin in January, some students may qualify for free tuition

Kilgore College will offer Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) classes beginning Jan. 9 available for students both new to the field of commercial driving and classes for experienced drivers to enhance and reinforce skills.

Some students who are displaced workers may qualify to take advantage of tuition-free classes.

A four-week “Fast Track” course is also available.

Local companies are in constant need of drivers who have CDL Class A and who have air brake, hazmat and trailer endorsements.

To qualify for tuition-free courses, individuals must be “displaced” in that they have been laid off because their employer closed a plant or division; moved or abolished their position; or had insufficient work for them.  Some service members who are no longer in the military might also qualify.

Displaced workers must also reside within the 14-county Workforce Solutions East Texas Board to be eligible for acceptance.

Counties included in the grant include Anderson, Camp, Cherokee, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Marion, Panola, Rains, Rusk, Smith, Upshur, Van Zandt and Wood counties.

Courses in the IRET Certificate program include Fundamentals of Electricity, Electrical Safety, Electrical Print Reading, National Electric Code, Electrical Controls, Electrical Motors, Residential Wiring, Industrial Wiring and Troubleshooting Electrical Systems.

The classes are taught by a bilingual instructor (English and Spanish).

To learn more about CDL classes contact Brenda Brown at (903) 983-8288 or

More information can be found at

Course Info:

The CDL Class “A” Training Program (Professional Truck Driver Program) is a five-week, 200-hour course designed for individuals who have no prior experience in driving a commercial vehicle. Topics include an overview of the State of Texas Class “A” Commercial Driver’s License written examination, truck safety, traffic congestion, general truck driving skills and extreme driving conditions. Classes in the program emphasize air brakes, Hazmat and trailer endorsements. KC pre-screens all applicants.

The CDL Permit Course (Commercial Driver’s License Overview) is a 24-hour, three week course that is an overview of the Texas Class A Commercial Driver’s License written test and preparation for mastery of the Commercial Driver’s License written examinations. In depth coverage of special requirements for Texas commercial motor vehicles, general knowledge, combination vehicles and air brakes.

About the Texas Talent Connection (II) Grant:

Offered at no charge thanks to a $500,000 Texas Talent Connection (II) Grant, the funds are awarded annually by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) using Wagner-Peyser 7(b) federal funds.

Classes offered at KC under the grant include Transportation – Commercial Driving; Manufacturing - Advanced Welding; Electrical – Industrial and Residential; and Professional Services – Human Resources.

KC is also collaborating with Workforce Solutions to provide job placement services for qualified candidates.

This is the second time KC has been awarded by the TWC with Wagner-Peyser 7(b) program funds for workforce training and job placement services.

The college was first awarded in 2016 with a $500,000 Wagner-Peyser 7(b) grant that provided 100 displaced workers with tuition-free courses.