Minnesota State College Southeast
A Technical & Community College

Truck Driving

Get your career on the move.


A high-quality program focused on connecting skilled, safe drivers with employers

Minnesota State College Southeast's Truck Driving program in Winona is well-renowned for top-notch instructors, state-of-the-art facilities, and best of all, 100% job placement. As a student, you'll enjoy a low student-to-instructor ratio to give you the attention you need.

Many trucking companies pre-hire qualified students once they are enrolled at MSC Southeast. After training is completed, our graduates are ready to get behind the wheel and earn a desirable income. Because highly skilled truckers are in demand, many companies offer tuition reimbursement and signing bonuses.

Truck driver training begins with 8 weeks of classroom and behind-the-wheel training, preparing students for the situations they may face on the road. During this 8-week sequence of training, the students will also prepare for the Class "A" commercial driver's license (CDL) road test. To complete the program, students must register for and complete an 8-week paid internship.

Because the program is so intense, attendance and attitude are crucial, just as they are once you're on the job. At MSC Southeast, you'll learn from the very best - our truck driving instructors have more than 65 years of safe driving experience.

Our motto

"We have an obligation to our students, our community, and to other highway users to train the safest, most courteous drivers on the highway today. This is not an obligation we take lightly."

Major Offerings

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Special Information About the Truck Driving Program

  • You must apply for admission to Minnesota State College Southeast, but you are not required to take the Accuplacer placement test.
  • You will need a valid Class "A" CDL permit prior to the first class day.
  • You will need to complete a DOT physical exam prior to the start of the program. You are responsible for the DOT physical.
  • Your instructors will schedule a drug screening exam during the first week of class; the cost is included in your tuition.

Outcomes & Opportunities

Program Learning Outcomes

Program graduates will be able to:

  1. Shift various transmissions proficiently.
  2. Successfully back vehicle into specified maneuvers.
  3. Be aware of utilizing space management in different situations.
  4. Properly complete required daily paperwork.
  5. Recognize changing road characteristics and properly adjust.

Truck Driving Job Placement: 100%

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Career Opportunities

  • Over-the-road driver
  • Local driver
  • Safety Department
  • Dispatch
  • Yard spotters

Transfer Credits

Expand your opportunities. Learn how your credits can transfer to other colleges and universities.

College Articulated Transfer Agreements: Specific agreements between MSC Southeast and other institutions to accept transfer credits.
Minnesota Transfer: Transfer information provided by Minnesota State colleges and universities, Minnesota private colleges, and the University of Minnesota.
Transferology: A nationwide network to assist students in determining which courses will transfer.

Highlights & Instructors

Program Highlights

  • Prehire program: Companies are eager to hire you once you're enrolled
  • Affordability: Many employers offer tuition reimbursement
  • Learn in a state-of-the-art facility


  • Tom Gierok dreamed of being a truck driver his entire life. His dream came true. Tom drove truck for ten years before becoming an instructor at Minnesota State College Southeast. He continues to be active in industry and drives over-the-road from time to time.

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RED WING CAMPUS | 308 Pioneer Road | Red Wing, MN 55066 | 651-385-6300
WINONA CAMPUS | 1250 Homer Road | Winona, MN 55987 | 507-453-2700

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