Commercial Driver License Certification

instructor Mike Giessler driving LCCC semi in a paradeLCCC in Cheyenne has a truck driving school!  We offer Commercial Driver License training for class A vehicles.  (Customized training for the class B or C vehicles is available upon request.)  View CDL brochureView CDL Podcast

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About the Truck Driving CDL Program

The program is offered in two formats. One option is full-time for a total of five weeks. Training is five days a week, eight hours per day. A second option is available in evenings/weekends for 12 weeks. This option will be offered March-July.

The first part of the program is preparation for the Wyoming Commercial Driver Permit.

The course includes a total of 184 hours training with a mixture of field, simulator and classroom interactions. 

  • Classroom training is 62 hours and includes: Human Trafficking, Professionalism, and Harassment Free Workplace training, customized for the trucking and transportation industry; Wyoming Highway Patrol Driver qualification file.
  • Basic Maneuvers is 30 hours: Behind the wheel training for backing maneuvers to include straight line backing, offset backing and alley-dock backing.
  • Pre-trip is 19 hours: Practice on inspecting the safety items on the vehicle.
  • Simulator Basic Maneuvers: Up to seven hours in a Genesis Navistar Series simulator.
    • Behind the Wheel Driving consists of 30 hours hands-on training, which includes Range, Driving, Backing and Port of Entry site visit.

The final CDL practical exam will be conducted onsite by LCCC instructors certified by WYDOT to be CDL third-party examiners.  The two-hour test is administered in the same vehicle and training range in which the student practiced.

The trainings are done on a tractor/semi-trailer. A Genisis Navistar Series simulator is used for CDL simulator training.  

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.

LCCC is an approved truck driver training provider for the FMCSA requirements.

The Wyoming Highway Patrol is helping with the training.  

Program Cost

The program costs $4,600, and there may be financial aid available to those who qualify. Contact Janelle Moye, ACT Now Coordinator, jmoyeFREELARAMIE, 307.772.7351, to learn about grant opportunities.

The simulator is available for those in the industry to practice their skills in a safe environment. Usage fee includes access to a subject matter expert. Call 307.432.1637 or email cdlFREELARAMIE for more information. 

Career Options

As an introduction to the program, 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.

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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. 

Randall “Randy” Damm is a heavy equipment driver, volunteer firefighter and experienced instructor. Driven by his passion for the trucking industry, he strives to provide the best learning environment possible for those interested in driving truck.  

As an instructor, Randy strives to instill safety and a love of the industry. In addition to his role as one our CDL program instructors, he served his community as a member of the town council and a member of various committees supporting the trucking industry in Wyoming. 

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.