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Get your career underway.

Take your dreams on the road.

Once you’ve seen something like giant components for wind generators moving down the highway, you understand that today’s truck driver is concerned with bigger things than just getting packages from place to place. From dump trucks crossing town to tractor-trailers crossing the country, truck drivers are responsible for the safe delivery of the products that are shipped every day.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • What is the high school GPA requirement to enroll into Baker?
    Baker College has a “right-to-try” admission policy. That means all students who have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent, such as a General Educational Development  (GED) certificate, are accepted at Baker. Find out more by reading our Undergraduate Admissions Requirements or by talking with an admissions advisor.
  • Can I take classes without a high school diploma or GED?
    If you haven't earned a diploma or a GED certificate, you may be able to take classes at Baker College. We will ask you to take placement tests to ensure you have the foundation of knowledge you need to successully complete college-level studies. Please contact the Admissions Office to learn more about our placement testing and admissions policy. Note: This does not apply to online students; for Baker Online, a diploma or GED certificate is required.
  • How do I apply for Financial Aid?
    Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using the school code for the Baker College Campus that you plan to attend. Remember, you must apply for financial aid every year. New applications are available after January 1st each year. Always complete your FAFSA as early as possible. To help speed the application process, we encourage you to have your taxes completed prior to applying. The Federal government’s FAFSA website allows you and/or your parent or guardian to link to the IRS website to retrieve tax information. Note: Students and parents of dependent students are required to apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) in order to sign the FAFSA application electronically. Please visit www.pin.ed.gov for more information.
  • How do I apply for a student loan?
    Once you have applied for financial aid, you will receive a Financial Aid Notification package from the Financial Aid office. Your FAFSA serves as the application for the Student Loan. If it is determined that you qualify for student loan funds, the eligibility amounts will be listed on your award notification, and a student Loan Request Form will be included with the award package. The Loan Request Form must be completed and returned to the Financial Aid Office before the loan process can begin. If you are a new student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Complete the paper loan request form indicating the amount you would like to borrow.
    • Sign and date the form.
    • Return the form to the Financial Aid office.
    If you are a returning student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Log into the SOLAR system.
    • Select STAR System.
    • Select Financial Aid office.
    • Select Loan Request.
    • Select the appropriate financial aid year and click Continue.
    • Select the type of loan you would like to request and click Continue.
    • Read the Stafford Loan Request Authorization information and click I Agree.
    • Type in the requested dollar amount and click Submit Request.
  • How do online classes work?

    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.
  • Is Baker College Online accredited?
    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan. As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education. All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant. Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:
  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?

    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:
    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips
  • Is Baker accredited?
    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org. Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in:
    • Business Administration
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • Human Services
    • School of Education
    • School of Nursing
    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages.
  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?
    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.

Program Availability

Program availability varies by campus. Please contact the Admissions Department on your campus to learn more.

General Requirements

A general education core is required for all Associate and Bachelor degrees. All graduates must meet the general education requirements established by each academic program.

College Success Online (COL112) is required for all first-time undergraduate freshmen and all online students enrolled in a certificate or degree program. This course will inform students of campus services, policies and procedures, and address learning styles and study strategies.

Many of the courses and programs at Baker College are offered in an online delivery format. See Online Programs. Contact your campus Academic / Administrative Office for details about online courses.

An Introduction to Your Life at Baker College

The Academic Welcome Experience provides students with a smooth and helpful transition to college life. Students will become familiar with campus life, academic requirements, student expectations, learning environments, and the many services and resources available to them. It is also an important time for forming relationships and connections with fellow students, program advisors, and other members of the Baker College community.

Throughout the Academic Welcome Experience, students participate in a wide array of academic, intellectual, social, and professional experiences available at Baker College. Students connect with their advisors and participate in informational sessions aimed toward exploring career opportunities, networking with professionals in their fields, and sharing program information.

Getting Started

There’s a lot you can learn about Baker College here on the Web, but talking with an admissions advisor will help you get a better understanding of everything we offer. Contact us to request more information, schedule a visit to the campus nearest you, or get started by applying online.

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Ashley Hawkins

Truck Driver

Get your career underway.

Take your dreams on the road.

Once you’ve seen something like giant components for wind generators moving down the highway, you understand that today’s truck driver is concerned with bigger things than just getting packages from place to place. From dump trucks crossing town to tractor-trailers crossing the country, truck drivers are responsible for the safe delivery of the products that are shipped every day.

Career Facts

$39,520

Median salary for Truck Drivers

5%

Estimated employment increase by 2022

$70,820

Median salary for Transportation Inspectors

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Overview

Overview

Baker’s Truck Driver certificate program prepares you for an entry-level position as a local or long distance driver of commercial motors vehicles, tractor-trailers, heavy trucks, dump trucks, and tankers.

In addition to your classwork, you receive one-on-one training—one student, one tractor, and one instructor—and work with national carriers in the state to learn the finer points of the road and safe operating techniques.

When you complete the program, you will be well prepared to sit for the Michigan Commercial Driver Licensing Class A exam, and ready to begin your career.

Course Information

Course Information

Requirements30 Hours
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
HSC 100B

1 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes how the Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED course incorporates the latest science and teaches students to recognize and care for a variety of first aid emergencies such as burns, cuts, scrapes, sudden illnesses, head, neck, back injuries, heat and cold emergencies and how to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies to help victims of any age – adults (about 12 years and older) and pediatric (infants and children up to 12 years of age). Students who successfully complete this course will receive a certificate for Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED valid for two years.

Community First Aid 1
TRN 101A

2 Quarter Hours

Introduces student drivers to the requirements, mandated by the State, that they must achieve prior to earning their Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). Prepares students for the first step in achieving their CDL, which is the successful completion of the knowledge tests administered by the State of Michigan prior to the issuing of a Temporary Instructional Permit (TIP). Additional instruction provided for all endorsement knowledge tests with the exception of the “passenger” endorsement.

CDL Preparation I 2
TRN 111

4 Quarter Hours

Introduces student drivers to the basic skills required to operate a “big rig.” Develops familiarity with driver techniques most often used in backing, parking, coupling, and uncoupling. This course is a combination of classroom/lecture and driving range instruction. This course requires minimum completion of 17.50 hours behind the wheel instruction and 3.5 hours of lab in addition to classroom work.

Prerequisite(s):
DOT physical, NIDA 5 drug screen.
Basic Operation Procedures 4
TRN 112A

2 Quarter Hours

Familiarizes students with safe operating practices and the perceptual skills required to operate a commercial vehicle under various driving conditions. Subject areas such as speed and space management, driving techniques for extreme conditions and evasive steering, and emergency braking techniques will be discussed. Students are also introduced to trip planning and life on the road including topics such as time management, personal health, personal budgets, route planning, road rage, and fatigue.

Safe Operating Procedures 2
TRN 122

2 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the function of key systems; exposes students to pre-trip, en route and post-trip inspection requirements. Introduces preventive maintenance and vehicle servicing procedures. Prepares student drivers for Part I of the State Administered Skills exam. This course requires 12.25 hours of lab instruction in addition to classroom time.

Prerequisite(s):
DOT physical, NIDA 5 drug screen.
Vehicle Maintenance 2
TRN 131

2 Quarter Hours

Exposes students to current innovations in transportation. Focus will be on Information Technology (IT) as it relates to cargo tracking, customer information, and global positioning. Qualcom systems and related hardware/software will be demonstrated. Software peculiar to the industry, such as driver management systems, dispatching programs, log checker and mileage maker will be introduced. Technologies in truck safety will also be discussed.

Technology in Transportation 2
TRN 151

5 Quarter Hours

Provides instruction in equipment that is comparable in size and power that is the industry norm. Instruction will normally occur on public streets and highways. Any combination of pre-planned routes and forced dispatch routing may be used to satisfy course outcomes. During at least 25% of street instruction the trailer will be loaded with a minimum of 15,000 pounds. Students will learn to use proper visual searches, communication techniques, speed management and space management. Practical basic operational skills will also continue to be addressed such as docking, drop and hooks, shifting, etc. Night operations are required. Majority of time at task is spent behind the wheel however some lab/classroom is involved. Successful students will earn a minimum of 30 hours behind the wheel and at least 7 classroom hours and 3 lab hours. Students failing the course will not be eligible for 3rd Party State CDL exam and the PTDI Certificate of Attainment.

Prerequisite(s):
TRN 111
current TIP issued by Michigan, USDOT medical exam/drug screen.
Practical Application-Behind the Wheel 5
TRN 161

1 Quarter Hours

Provides students with the opportunity to perform emergency/evasive maneuvers within a controlled environment. Students will learn to apply braking techniques, emergency steering, and how to manage skids, and jackknifes. Students must meet all performance criteria. Students who will be disqualified from being eligible for the PTDI Certificate of Attainment. This course is offered off-site in Marshall, Michigan at the Decision Driving Course, commonly referred to as the skid pad. A minimum of 8 hours of lab in addition to classroom hours are required.

Practical Application for Decision Driving 1
TRN 201A

2 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the final preparation for students prior to sitting for his/her State Third Party CDL Test. This course concentrates on the final development of the walk-around-inspection, basic skills, and road skills required to successfully test for a Commercial Driver’s License. A minimum of 10.5 hours behind-the-wheel instruction and 3.5 hours of lab in addition to classroom hours are required. It is also required that students pass all school practical final exams and pass the Third Party State CDL exam to successfully complete the course.

CDL Preparation II 2
TRN 211

4 Quarter Hours

Surveys the development of the transportation industry from 1935 to the present day by examining the implementation of rules and regulations throughout the time period by various governmental agencies. Provides a fundamental understanding of the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Regulations from both an employee’s and employer’s perspective. Introduces proper procedures for completing driver’s logs.

Regulations and Procedures 4
TRN 262A

2 Quarter Hours

Consists of a combination of learning experiences within the transportation field. Students may be directed to specific websites for training related to the truck driving field, may attend a defensive driving lecture and/or interview drivers of commercial motor vehicles, and may also be given the opportunity to ride along with a certified instructor in a commercial motor vehicle. Written tests are offered to prepare students for their Temporary Instructional Permit (TIP).

Prerequisite(s):
Acceptance in the program.
Career Experience I 2
TRN 263A

2 Quarter Hours

Provides students with additional exposure to the transportation field as a continuation of TRN262A. Students may be offered training on fork trucks, and load securement. Some campuses may offer double trailer training.

Prerequisite(s):
Acceptance into the program.
Career Experience 2
WRK 291B

1 Quarter Hours

Covers all phases of securing employment in a required seminar. Major topics include resume preparation, interview strategy, job application, job search action planning, personal appearance, and coordination of the graduate’s employment search activity with the College Career Services Office. Students in degree programs may complete the seminar requirement any time during their final two quarters. Certificate students should attend in their last quarter.

Prerequisite(s):
Sophomore status.
Professional Career Strategies 1
Quarter Hours Required for Graduation 30
Program Description

Program Description

This program is offered with multiple start dates throughout the year. It prepares graduates for entry-level positions as local or long-distance drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMV), heavy trucks, dump trucks, and tankers. Courses are designed to enable students to sit for the state of Michigan Commercial Driver Licensing Class A exam. Job potential for this field is excellent. The Truck Driving Certificate meets all state and federal requirements for truck driver training. Applicants for the Truck Driving Certificate must: 1) be at least 18 years of age, 2) have a valid operator’s license that is not currently (or within the immediate past 36 months) suspended or revoked, 3) meet all physical requirements specified in The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, and 4) provide/pass a current DOT physical and NIDA drug screen to Baker College. This program is certified by the Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI), 555 East Braddock Road, Alexandria, VA 22314; (703) 647-7015; Web Address: http://www.ptdi.org.

Accreditation

Accreditation

Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

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FAQ's

  • What is the high school GPA requirement to enroll into Baker?
    Baker College has a “right-to-try” admission policy. That means all students who have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent, such as a General Educational Development  (GED) certificate, are accepted at Baker. Find out more by reading our Undergraduate Admissions Requirements or by talking with an admissions advisor.
  • Can I take classes without a high school diploma or GED?
    If you haven't earned a diploma or a GED certificate, you may be able to take classes at Baker College. We will ask you to take placement tests to ensure you have the foundation of knowledge you need to successully complete college-level studies. Please contact the Admissions Office to learn more about our placement testing and admissions policy. Note: This does not apply to online students; for Baker Online, a diploma or GED certificate is required.
  • How do I apply for Financial Aid?
    Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using the school code for the Baker College Campus that you plan to attend. Remember, you must apply for financial aid every year. New applications are available after January 1st each year. Always complete your FAFSA as early as possible. To help speed the application process, we encourage you to have your taxes completed prior to applying. The Federal government’s FAFSA website allows you and/or your parent or guardian to link to the IRS website to retrieve tax information. Note: Students and parents of dependent students are required to apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) in order to sign the FAFSA application electronically. Please visit www.pin.ed.gov for more information.
  • How do I apply for a student loan?
    Once you have applied for financial aid, you will receive a Financial Aid Notification package from the Financial Aid office. Your FAFSA serves as the application for the Student Loan. If it is determined that you qualify for student loan funds, the eligibility amounts will be listed on your award notification, and a student Loan Request Form will be included with the award package. The Loan Request Form must be completed and returned to the Financial Aid Office before the loan process can begin. If you are a new student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Complete the paper loan request form indicating the amount you would like to borrow.
    • Sign and date the form.
    • Return the form to the Financial Aid office.
    If you are a returning student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Log into the SOLAR system.
    • Select STAR System.
    • Select Financial Aid office.
    • Select Loan Request.
    • Select the appropriate financial aid year and click Continue.
    • Select the type of loan you would like to request and click Continue.
    • Read the Stafford Loan Request Authorization information and click I Agree.
    • Type in the requested dollar amount and click Submit Request.
  • How do online classes work?

    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.
  • Is Baker College Online accredited?
    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan. As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education. All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant. Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:
  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?

    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:
    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips
  • Is Baker accredited?
    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org. Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in:
    • Business Administration
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • Human Services
    • School of Education
    • School of Nursing
    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages.
  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?
    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.
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Anne Schomaker
Baker Graduate