DACC Truck Driving Academy



Course Descriptions

Commercial License Permit Preparation Participants study the U.S. Department of Transportation rules and regulations, safety, and other classroom theory. They study the CDL drivers’ manual and prepare for the written portion of the exam through practice tests At the end of this course, each student takes the CLP written exams and must pass to receive his or her permit before being able to practice driving. Students also take the Air Brakes, Combination, and Tanker Endorsement written exam. They may also prepare for the Hazardous Materials Endorsement if they choose.

  • 7-week course
  • 44 hours of BTW driving for each participant
  • Medical exam, drug screen, driving record, and skills exam included

To obtain a CDL, a driver must have a clean driving record, have a negative drug screen, and receive medical clearance.  Applicants to the program will get these documents with WDCR assistance and submit this documentation prior to course enrollment.  In addition, applicants must have a valid driver’s license, picture I.D., social security card, and no outstanding tickets or warrants.

Total Program Cost: $4000

  • $200 - Application fee due with application
  • $1800 - Due at Registration with Application fee
  • $1080 - Due Monday before the course start date
  • $920 - Remainder tuition due one week before the closing of the program

   Course Registration 

Financial Aid & Assistance

Federal Financial aid is not available for DACC Truck Driving Program. Other financial assistance may be available if you are unemployed,  or if you have a disability.  Educational loans are also available from many local banks.  Please contact WDCR to set up an appointment for more information at: 575-527-7776. You can also email thenmsu.edu


The federal Workforce Innovation and Opfortuity Act (WIOA) funds eligible, in-demand programs that are designed for adults over the age of 18. Depending on eligibility, individuals can receive tuition assistance to help pay for their education. Assistance can cover tuition fees, books and supplies. If you would like to see if you qualify for the WIOA Tuition Assistance Program, please contact the Workforce Connection Center at (575) 524-6250 or visit their office at 226 S. Alameda in Las Cruces, NM.


The New Mexico Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (NMDVR) has helped people with disabilities find and retain work for decades. If you are found to be eligible for services, you and your counselor will create and follow an Individualized Plan for Employment (the plan of services and activities that can reasonably be expected to lead to an employment outcome). Apply for services at the office nearest you or visit http://www.dvr.state.nm.us/ for more information. Las Cruces locations include: 

  • 3381 Del Rey Blvd / (575) 524-6135 
  • 226 S. Alameda Blvd / (575) 383-6705

Any person with a disability that lives in New Mexico may apply for NMDVR services.


New Mexico’s Skill Up Network (SUN) program is a consortium of New Mexico public colleges working in connection with the NM Dept. of Workforce Solutions. The goal is to increase the attainment of degrees, certifications, and industry-recognized credentials; and create strategic alignment between education and workforce systems, resulting in improved employment outcomes. For more information or to see if you qualify for this assistance, please contact Diana Betts at (575) 524-6250 ext. 1009 or email her at: diana.betts@state.nm.us

(Note: This program is strictly for participants who receive TANF assistance.                    

For more information on TANF, contact NM Works at (575) 532-0233)

Contact Us

 Mary Ulrich, Ph.D., Director

For inquiries regarding customized training, workforce development, and general program information




Luis Leal, Program Specialist Sr

For inquiries regarding, DACC Truck Driving Academy




Melinna Robinson-Denley, Program Specialist

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