OTTUMWA-Indian Hills Community College has announced a new partnership with The Driving Coach, a business that has been offering state-certified Driver’s Education in the Keokuk and Jefferson County areas. Through this new partnership these offerings will now be expanded across the Indian Hills 10-county region.
According to Ashley Moyer, IHCC Executive Director of Continuing Education, “We often get calls from area students seeking options for Driver’s Ed. We are very excited to now be able to offer this program. We believe that Andy Nelson and his team have a great system in place to provide a safe, high-quality driving experience and look forward to helping them make this program more accessible to students across our area.”
Each course is three to six weeks in length depending on the time of year. Summer classes are shorter due to the broader availability of the students because of the summer break. Students enrolled in a Driver’s Education course will spend 30 hours in the classroom and a minimum of six hours behind the wheel. In addition to driving in their own communities, all students will also have the opportunity to experience driving on an interstate highway and in a more densely populated metro area. The cost of the course is $400.
Additionally, The Driving Coach also offers adult Driver’s Education programs that utilize the same state certified curriculum, behind-the-wheel training and provide DOT certificates of completion just like the classes for teens. The cost of the adult course is $400.
Nelson, The Driving Coach owner, classroom and behind-the-wheel instructor, said, “I am excited to provide our Driver’s Ed programs to the students in the Indian Hills 10-county region. I believe every person can learn to drive. We understand that our students all learn differently and we pride ourselves on the individual attention we spend with each student, both in the classroom and behind-the-wheel. I look forward to working with area students this summer and into the fall.”
In order to enroll in a Driver’s Education course, a student must be at least 14 years old and have written consent from a parent or guardian. In addition, they must have an instruction permit. For adult students, only the instruction permit is required.
In Iowa, in order for a student to obtain their intermediate license, they must be 16 years old and have successfully completed a state-approved course.
Iowa law also states that students who are between the ages of 14 ½ and 16 and have successfully completed the state-approved Driver’s Education course will be eligible to apply for a school permit through their local school district, if they live more than one mile from the school they attend.
The Driver’s Education courses for adults are available right now and can be scheduled on an individual basis or in pairs, where two students will take the course together. This class could be ideal for international students attending college.
To enroll or learn more about the courses offered through this partnership, visit The Driving Coach’s website at www.thedrivingcoach.net or call 641-242-0600.