With the national growth in the trucking industry, now may be a great time to become a diesel mechanic or truck driver. There's one school in Summit, Mississippi that offers these programs: Southwest Mississippi Community College. The average cost of tuition in this area is $2,090 and the average scholarship award is $1,801.
The diesel technology program at Southwest Mississippi Community College lasts four semesters, or two years. However, you can earn a truck driving certificate in about six weeks. Both programs involve quite a bit of hands-on work, whether it's on the road or in the garage.
Summit is a small community of just 1,685 people. The cost of living is almost 20% below the national average. Mississippi Highway 98 and Mississippi Highway 51 run through Summit. Local trucking companies include Scott Trucking, J.D. Billy Hines Trucking, Nance & Collums, and Interstate Trucking.