NEWPORT, AR (KAIT) - A new group of students arrived in Newport on Thursday to begin the Commercial Driver Training program.
The 4-week program trains students to drive big rigs across the country. This year, ASU-Newport partnered with trucking company Maverick Transportation for a sponsorship.
Maverick helps to pay for living costs so students can live in Newport while in school. Robert Summers, dean of Applied Science, said the partnership is good for the entire community.
"Every 4 weeks, 8 to 12 new Maverick students come from all over the country and come in here and stay in our community," Summers said. "They spend money in our community, and they get to have training at ASU-Newport."
Summers said something else that makes the program stand out are its simulators and the experienced instructors, along with the unique location of the school.
ASU-Newport sits on an old army air facility.
"There are old runways that we actually own as a part of our campus," Summers said. "So we have a closed, contained site that our students can drive the trucks and learn skill sets before they go out on the highway."
The program has a 97% pass rate on the state test to receive a Class A driver's license.