CDL Training

New Online Permit Prep Course

This is a three-day training to prepare students for the CDL permit exam which is held monthly. Class times are 6:00 to 9:00 PM each day.

Learn about CDL rules and regulations from the experts! Experienced, live instructors are ready to guide you through the CDL Manual.

  • Realistic Practice Tests
  • Firsthand Information on Louisiana Trucking Jobs
  • First 10 Seats Guaranteed for Louisiana Motor Carrier Companies

This program has been sponsored by the Louisiana Trucking Research and Education Council and the LMTA Foundation.

For more information, email workforce@sowela.edu or call (337) 421-6560.

Commercial Driver's License Training

CDL Drivers are responsible for transporting different types of goods from distribution centers to customer locations using vehicles of certain weight and size. They are also required to perform inspections before and after a trip, and unload cased products from the trailer to customer facilities.

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The American Trucking Association estimates a shortage of 50,000 truck drivers. Companies are hiring and offering good benefits and pay. Take advantage of this opportunity to drive your way to a better life for you and your family.

Our CDL Class A license training program is a comprehensive 245-hour (7-week day course) classroom and behind-the-wheel program. The training covers DOT rules and regulations, pre-trip inspection, backing pad skills, and on-the-road skills. The final skills test necessary to receive a state license is administered by state-approved examiners. Funding options are available to those that qualify, as well as a tuition payment plan.

Completers who obtain their state license are qualified to drive tractor-trailers, dump trucks, tow trucks, delivery trucks, tanker trucks, and flatbed trucks.

Contact Information

Workforce Solutions

workforce@sowela.edu

(337) 421-6560

Program Information

3820 Senator J. Bennett Johnston Avenue
Lake Charles, Louisiana 70615
(337) 421-6565
(800) 256-0483
info@sowela.edu

Mon-Thu: 7:45 AM to 4:15 PM
Friday: 7:45 AM to 12:00 PM
(337) 421-6550

SOWELA Technical Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, or age in its programs and activities. The following person(s) have been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies:

Title IX Officer

Candy Parker

candy.parker@sowela.edu

(337) 421-6510 or (800) 256-0483

3820 Sen. J. Bennett Johnston Ave. Lake Charles, LA 70615

ADA Officer

Maegan Lewis

maegan.lewis@sowela.edu

(337) 421-6952 or (800) 256-0483

3850 Sen. J. Bennett Johnston Ave. Lake Charles, LA 70615

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