Minnesota State College, Southeast Technical

Minnesota State College, Southeast Technical

A member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System
Programs Of Study
Truck Driving Program

Truck Driving

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

Southeast Technical's Truck Driving program is well-renowned for top-notch instructors, state-of-the-art facilities, and best of all, 100% job placement.

This is a prehire program, meaning many trucking companies hire qualified students once they are enrolled at Southeast Technical. After training is completed, students are ready to get behind the wheel and earn a desirable income. Because highly skilled truckers are in demand, many companies will even pay for your training through tuition reimbursement.

Southeast Technical's program is successful because our 8 week program combines classroom and behind-the-wheel training to prepare you for any situation you may face when on the road. Because the program is so intense, attendance and attitude are crucial, just as they are once you're on the job.

As a student, you'll enjoy a low student-to-instructor ratio to give you the attention you need. You'll also learn from the best—our Truck Driving instructors have over 65 years of safe driving experience and take great pride in the Truck Driving program's motto:

"We have an obligation to ourselves, 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

Major Title (Degree) Campus(es) Credits
Truck Driving (CERT) Winona 20 cr


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.


  • 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 Southeast Tech. He continues to be active in industry and drives over-the-road from time to time.
  • Paul Foster has over 20 years of truck driving instruction experience, having taught at Lake Superior College in Duluth, Minnesota, and now at Southeast Technical. Along with teaching, Paul is a Third Party Road Test Examiner for the State of Minnesota. While in Duluth, Paul was involved with many different truck driving programs throughout the years. Paul is married and has one son who lives in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

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Career Opportunities

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

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