Commercial Driver License Certification

Highway Patrolman Presenting to CDL ClassObtain a Commercial Driver License (CDL) through Laramie County Community College.  Our CDL program is registered on the Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA) Training Provider Register (TPR).  View CDL brochure.

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New Federal Requirements

Anyone wishing to obtain a CDL must first undergo training that meets the new federally mandated standards. Training must be delivered by a qualified instructor and from an approved training provider. The Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT) ruling applies to anyone seeking a CDL, upgrades, or endorsements for the first time.  

About the Truck Driving CDL Program

LCCC works with local industry leaders to identify transportation needs for the state of Wyoming.  This allows the college to tailor the training to the local community. 

Classes are offered year round with day and evening options. 

The program consists of online theory training and behind the wheel (BTW) hands-on training.  The online portion is self paced, but must be completed within 30 days.  BTW training is 30 - 60 hours, depending opn CDL type, which includes range, driving, backing and port of entry site visit. 

CDL students will train on a Genesis Navistar Series simulator to prepare them to operate a vehicle under various conditions without risk of costly incidents. It is not only available to CDL students, but can also be used by businesses for remedial training for existing drivers, pre-employment evaluation of driving skills and more. Usage fee includes access to a subject matter expert. Call 307.432.1637 or email cdlFREELARAMIE for more information. 

CDL instructors are certified third party examiners for the state of Wyoming. Instruction, training and final skills examination are conducted at LCCC.

HAZMAT endorsements training per the new FMCSA regulations is also available.

Students receive a certificate of completion for the program (Part 380.717). Upon successful completion of the CDL test, a Class A CDL license is issued by the State of Wyoming.

View the State of Wyoming Commercial Drivers License requirements.

The Wyoming Highway Patrol is helping with the training.  

Program Cost

The course fee for CDL Class "A" training is $5,100.  Financial aid may be available to those who qualify. Contact Darlene Kaelin dkaelinFREELARAMIE or 307.778.4381 to learn more.

Career Opportunities

Students and potential students will have the opportunity to network with industry professionals and hiring managers of local companies. Job placement assistance is available through the college’s Career Center.

Our Instructors

Mike Geissler standing in front of a semiMike Geissler is a military veteran, an experienced operations manager and tenured truck driver/ instructor, logging thousands of miles over the road primarily on the East Coast hauling HAZMAT and sensitive airplane turbine parts. His passion for safety and commercial trucking led to him starting his own corporate transportation service that grew internationally prior to being sold in 2016.

As our CDL Coordinator, Mike is eager to pass on his knowledge and life experiences to those who share the love of operating big rigs and answer the call of the open road. In addition to his many job experiences, he was also a firefighter in New York and Colorado. 

Jim Kassahn is a seasoned over-the-road driver, a 15-year military veteran and safety training professional. Over his career, he has moved freight, started a safety review board and been designated lead truck driving instructor.  Jim has a passion for driving truck and passing on his knowledge of the freight industry and best practices for safety. 

Juan “Oscar” Pagan is an active military member in the United States Air Force where he has taught and trained other military members to become truck drivers. As an LCCC CDL instructor, Oscar is keen to coach and develop new drivers into the transport industry. Guided by his joy for trucking commerce, Oscar seeks to prepare new drivers in a safe and productive environment to keep America rolling.

Dennis Pino standing in front of a semiDennis Pino has four decades of experience as a truck driver, instructor and certified test examiner. A highlight of his tenure with the City of Cheyenne is winning four state championships at the Wyoming Truck Driving rodeo. His passion for the industry led him to LCCC where he can instill his passion for the industry and knowledge of driving with the next generation of truckers.

James Drudge is an experienced distribution manager and software developer as well as over-the-road truck driver. James held multiple positions with Lowes Distribution at facilities in Rockford, Illinois, Milton, Ontario, and the corporate offices in both Mooresville and Wilkesboro, North Carolina. He ended his distribution career as the Regional General Manager in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Prior to Lowes, James was a software developer for the Online Computer Library Center and netLibrary in Boulder, Colorado as well as Business Applications Systems in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. 

Despite success in other fields, James’ first love remains truck driving. As he says, “There aren’t too many jobs that pay you to see the country.”  He began 30 years ago, driving “48 and Canada,” with North American Van Line’s COMTRANS division, later moving on to Werner and Pacific States Transport, reentering the field many years later as a regional, dedicated driver for Schneider.

It is this love that drives his passion to teach those looking to enter the field.  He desires to instill his passion for the career, pass on tips and tricks he’s learned and raise students’ awareness of potential issues, lessening the impact should they encounter them, all while helping students gain a firm foundation to build their careers upon.

Jeff Lyday has more than ten years experience as a CDL driver and has utilized his license in multiple ways. Currently, he oversees multiple CDL drivers in their daily operations as a delivery service manager. He knows firsthand the importance of professional drivers and looks forward to helping people. Jeff is dedicated and highly motivated to teach new drivers to succeed in their new role.