Missouri Trucking Company Taps School 700 Miles Away for CDL Training

Big Sandy Community & Technical College

When officials from R&R Trucking were looking for quality commercial driver’s license training, they looked long and far.

And they landed 733 miles away on the Hager Hill campus of Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC).

Joplin, Missouri-based R&R Trucking sent four drivers (Dayna Dunn, Kenneth Thompson, Charles Wilson and Shawn Thompson) to be trained at BSCTC’s CDL program.

The drivers completed the program on Feb. 10 and are ready to hit the road.

“This program was wonderful,” said Dunn. “This gave us the opportunity to learn driving in all kinds of conditions because of the terrain here.”

She jokingly added: “I also learned what a holler is.”

The group of drivers bragged on the quality of instruction they received. They especially noted the personal attention given during the training. Leo Fell was the lead instructor and Johnny Ward, Bryan Conley and Roger Wallen assisted Fell.

“Our CDL program is a leader in not only in instruction but also curriculum development,” said Kelli Hall, dean of career education and workforce development. The college has partnered with the Kentucky Trucking Association to help streamline quality curriculum to providers across the state. “We’re proud to partner with R&R, and we are confident that our program will create quality drivers for their business.”