Cloud Co. Comm. College Offering Commercial Drivers License Training


Cloud County Community College will be offering a Commercial Drivers License certificate program in February at the Geary County campus in Junction City.

The program has two phases. Phase one will provide the training necessary to successfully take the CDL general knowledge, combination vehicle and air brake Class A written test with the state of Kansas. Some of the topics covered will include driving and transporting cargo safely, air brakes, and hazardous materials rules.

Phase one is a non-degree, non-credit certificate course that will cost $400. It begins on Monday, Feb. 4, and runs for two weeks, Monday-Thursday from 6-8 p.m.

Phase two incorporates what the student learned in the first phase, and implements hands-on training. After having passed the written test, students will continue classroom training, as well as being in the driver’s seat of a semi. Students will be able to drive a tandem axle semi and trailer for the training and skilled driving test.

Some of the topics that will be covered in phase two include basic vehicle control skills on a closed course, on-road driving, use of GPS units and log books, and more than 20 hours of drive time.

Upon completion of the second phase, students will be prepared for the three-part Class A Driving Skills Examination.

Phase two is a non-degree, non-credit certificate course that will cost $2,000. It begins on Monday, Feb. 25 with classroom time from 6-8 p.m., and scheduled driving time with the instructor.

To register for the courses, contact Laura Leite, Business and Industry coordinator, at, or by phone at 785.243.1435, ext. 374, or stop by the Geary County campus at 631 Caroline Ave., in Junction City. Enrollment night for the courses is Thursday, Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. at the Geary County campus.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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