Truck used in the trucking driver program

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Excellent Income/ Benefits

With demand for truck drivers at an all-time high, trucking firms and other commercial carriers are offering new drivers higher mileage pay rates and better benefit packages. A first-year income of over $40,000 for a tractor trailer driver is typical. Highly motivated drivers can earn even more!

Exceptional Job Availability

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists heavy truck drivers as an occupation with high projected growth. Trucking is considered to be one of the top job categories of the new millennium. The Bureau estimates the need for drivers to grow by 21% in the next 10 years. That is about 30,000 job openings per year! No need to move; continue to live in Central New York as you take advantage of national opportunities.

Why Train with MVCC?

A Powerful Partnership

Established in 1946, MVCC is New York State’s longest serving community college. MVCC has partnered with SAGE Truck Driving Schools (Editor's Choice #1 at Truck Schools USA) to provide high-quality training for the in-demand field of professional truck driving. SAGE provides CDL training at over 30 locations nationwide. As the industry leader, SAGE trains over 4,000 Class A drivers per year.

Hands-on Training

The MVCC driver–training program provides students with the ideal mix of classroom and “hands on” training. The program is based upon a curriculum developed by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and  the Professional Truck Driving Institute (PTDI).

State-of-the-Art Equipment

MVCC provides students with the same tractors and trailers used by today’s leading trucking companies.

One Student Per Truck

In our TTD150 program, each student receives 46 hours of one student behind-the-wheel driving instruction with an experienced instructor – unheard of at many other school or career programs (be sure to ask them!).


Upon successful completion of the program in accordance with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulation 49 CFR 380.503 and passage of the NYS Class A Commercial Driver’s License graduates will be certified as an entry-level tractor trailer drivers.

Pre–Hire Program

Most students get pre-hired by a major company before starting class.

Lifetime Job Placement Assistance

SAGE has years of job placement experience and long-established relationships with trucking industry recruiters throughout the nation. SAGE guarantees to provide you with job placement assistance not only while you are a student, but also for as long as you maintain a “clean” CDL.

Get to Work Sooner

The TTD150 program is an accelerated program designed to be completed in just four to six weeks. This 150-hour program fully meets the needs of students with no prior knowledge or experience in truck driving. It includes 46 hours of one-student-per-truck driving time and 104 hours of class and lab time.

Excellent Class Availability

A new session is scheduled every two to three weeks throughout the year!

Steps for Admission

Where to Start

Applicants should plan to visit the school for a personal interview (for those who live a considerable distance away, a phone interview may be arranged). During the interview, a staff member will explain the program and graduation requirements and provide detailed information about the trucking industry, job placement assistance, the cost of training, and financing available (including employer tuition payback benefits). Contact us at 315-334-7793.

Qualified Applicants Must:

  • Have a valid NYS driver’s license
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Pass a DOT physical and drug test
  • Have a good driving record

Take a “Test Drive”

Audit A Class: Come check us out by sitting in on a class or a training drive. 

Tuition and Fees


TTD150: $4,595
TTD/STB80: $3,300
TTD/STB40: $2,295


DOT Physical: $125
Drug Screen: $75
Textbooks: $10
DMV Abstract: $15
Truck Fuel Surcharge: $400 (only for 150-hour program)
Permit Fee: $25
Road Test Fee: $140
CDL Licensing Fee: $165

*Not all fees apply to all students and programs. Call 315-334-7793 for details. 


As decisions to run classes are based on enrollment, reimbursements for canceled registrations will be made as follows:

  • 100% refund: withdraw three or more business days before class begins
  • 50% refund: withdraw two days or less before class begins (for classes costing less than $20, your refund is tuition minus a $10 fee)
  • Consideration for withdrawal requests after the first class session must be made in writing to the Sage Office at the Rome MVCC Campus.