Commercial Driver's License

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Local turns his life around with Barton CDL program.  

Barton SemiEarn your Commercial Driver's License at Barton! Barton’s CDL courses are designed to meet U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), and the new Entry Level Driving Training (ELDT) requirements.  In Barton's CDL program, students will learn, drive, practice and test in the same trucks and at the same facility!

Training Details

  • 6 Week Online Theory Course:  3 credit hours; $450
  • 8 Week Behind-The-Wheel (BTW) Course:  2 credit hours; $528 (includes tuition/course fees)
  • Students have access to a variety of trucks; day cab, conventional with sleeper, flatbed, van trailer, and class B flatbed.  All trucks are equipped with manual transmissions.
  • Financial assistance may be available; VA Benefits may also apply.
  • Job Placement Opportunities with various industries.

New Entry Level Driver Training Regulations

The courses that are offered beginning Spring 2020 expand upon the curriculum that has been taught in the past.  Entry Level Driver Training takes effect February 2020 and includes the two courses, Theory and BTW, to meet the new regulations.  The new ELDT basically states that a person must pass a certified training program before that person can take the written test to obtain a CDL permit.  ELDT also states that before a person can schedule a drive test they must demonstrate proficiency in specific maneuvers.  This regulation also pertains to Class B CDL holders that want to upgrade their license to a Class A.  This also pertains to CDL holders that want to add endorsements like Passenger and School Bus.

Proud to be TAT Trained (Truckers Against Trafficking) Course Descriptions

Class A and Class B Theory courses are offered online in a 
6-week format.  The theory curriculum is closely aligned with the FMCSA ELDT regulation.  There are no prerequisites for this course.  The required textbook is J.J. Keller Entry Level Driver Training Manual.  Students will need to enroll themselves via the Barton website.

Class A and Class B BTW courses are 8 weeks in duration, offered face-to-face, and only offered on the BCC Great Bend Campus.  Drive time will be scheduled to accommodate students, driving instructors and truck availability.  Daytime, nights and some weekend time slots will be available.  Enrollment will need to be completed through contact with the CDL program Administrative Assistant, Teri Smith.

   Prerequisites for this course include:

  • Medical DOT card
  • Passed Drug Test
  • Passed MVR
  • CDL Permit with corresponding endorsements

Spring 2020 Course Schedule

Class A Theory:  February 10 - March 22            Class A BTW:  January 6 - February 28

Class A Theory:  March 30 - May 10                    Class A BTW:  April 6 - May 29

Class B Theory:  February 10 - March 22             Class B BTW:  January 6 - February 28

Class B Theory:  March 30 - May 10                     Class B BTW:  April 6 - May 29

Contact Information

For course information, contact Maggie Tracy at or 620-786-1120.

For enrollment information, contact Teri Smith at or 620-792-9255.

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