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Submitter's Information


Bobbi Mahfood


Dean of Ed Services


Central/Mother Lode


West Hills College Coalinga

CTE Dean

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Bobbi Mahfood

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Program Details

Program Title

Entry Level Truck Driving

Submission Type

New Program

TOPs Code

Truck and Bus Driving (094750)

Projected Start Date


Catalog Description

The Certificate of Achievement in Entry Level Truck Driving program is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and experience necessary to earn a Class A CDL (Commercial Drivers License).  Students log time behind the wheel on the driving range, on public roads, and highways prior to graduation.  Career opportunities for students exist in the agricultural, industrial, construction, and supply chain.

Enrollment Completer Projections

It is anticipated that 40 students will complete the certificate on an annual basis.

Program Proposal Attributes

Program Award Type(s) (Check all that apply)
  • Certificate of Achievement: 8 to fewer than 16 semester (or 12 to fewer than 24 quarter) units (B)
Program Goal

The Certificate of Achievement in Entry Level Truck Driving is intended for students who plan to seek employment in the trucking industry as a professional driver.  A student completing this program will possess the skills necessary to work in the trucking industry.

Course Units and Hours

Total Certificate Units (Minimum and Maximum)


Units for Degree Major or Area of Emphasis (Minimum and Maximum)


Total Units for Degree (Minimum and Maximum)


Course Report

Program Requirements Narrative

Truck Driving is a diverse industry with a tremendous variety of career opportunities.  Students that successfully complete the Truck Driving program requirements and license endorsements necessary to obtain entry level employment are in high demand.  Initial entry level jobs include driving produce trucks from field to processing plant.  There has been a shortage of truck drivers which will be attenuated with the increase in the number of retirees.  Career opportunities exist in oil production and maintenance, agriculture, distribution, manufacturing, and construction.  

This program meets the mission of the college to provide CTE opportunities to support students, community, and industry.  In doing so, the program will provide students with an opportunity to gain increased wages in an industry with a skill that is lacking in the Central Valley.

Program Requirements
(Y1 or S1)
DT050State Laws and Federal Regulations3Y1
DT052Safe Operation Fundamentals3Y1
DT058Operations of Commercial Vehicles I3Y1
DT079Commercial Driver Testing0.5Y1

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Submission Details

Published at

10/17/23 - 09:07 PM



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