New NTCC Professional Driving Academy graduates first class

first driving class

NTCC recently celebrated the first two students to complete the new Professional Driving Academy. Pictured (from left) is: Antarius Morton, Jimmy Smith (NTCC Workforce Developer), Michael Jones (Instructor), and Marcus Allen.


The new Northeast Texas Community College Professional Driving Academy recently celebrated the graduation of its first class of students. Antarius Morton and Marcus Allen completed the program and were awarded their certificates on October 1. 

The four-week Professional Driving Academy includes 160 hours of training, DOT physical, drug screen, MVR and CDL permit. Students spend 50 hours in the classroom and 110 hours on the road driving. Instruction is provided by Michael Jones, who has more than 30 years of experience in truck driving. 

“While CDL training is not new to NTCC, we are excited to again be teaching the Professional Driving Academy right here on the NTCC campus,” Jimmy Smith, NTCC Workforce Developer, said. “Transportation jobs are in high demand and our goal is to provide an affordable, local option for folks looking to get their CDL and to increase the number of qualified candidates to help employers fill vacant positions.” 

Classes are held monthly, so students never have to wait too long to get started. The cost is $4,191 and limited financial aid may be available. To sign up or for more information, please call 903-434-8330 or e-mail You can also learn more at Students must be at least 18 years of age and able to pass a DOT physical, drug screen and MVR check.