Overview Public Safety Institute


driver education


(Updated May 19, 2015)



Driver Education provides the student driver with the skills and mental attitudes to become the most competent, skillful, responsible driver possible. This serves as a base for parents to continue the instruction and supervision of their young driver in developing the expertise needed to be a safe driver.

This nine-day course delivers classroom instruction, in-car observation with other students and the course instructor, as well as actual behind-the-wheel driving practice.  Classroom instruction will take place at the MCC-Blue River campus in the Public Safety building, located at 20301 E. 78 Hwy., Independence, MO.  Driving instruction will take place on the MCC-Blue River Precision Driving Course (PDC), located ½ mile east of the main Blue River campus, as well as on the street. The course is taught by highly-trained, veteran police officers.

REQUIREMENTS:  Students must be at least 15 years of age at the start of the course and have their driver’s permit with them at all times while in the course.  A student who forgets his or her permit will not be allowed to drive.  Please note that students cannot wear sandals or flip-flops during this course.

Four sessions are available: 

  • June 1 – June 11, 2015
  • June 22 – July 2, 2015
  • July 13 – July 23, 2015
  • August 3 – August 13, 2015

Class fee is $399

Call 816.604.6700 for information and to register.

Each nine-day course is structured as follows:

Week One

Monday (Updated 3/31/15)
Two hours of Classroom Instruction/Introduction to Driver Education:
8:00 to 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday - Friday
Classroom Instruction: 8 to 9 a.m.
Driving Instruction: 9 a.m. to Noon

Week Two

Monday - Thursday
Classroom Instruction: 8 to 9 a.m.
Driving Instruction: 9 a.m. to Noon


Frequently Asked Questions -- UPDATED JUNE 1, 2015:  Student pick-up location has been changed (see information below)


  • What age do you have to be to take this course?

Students must be 15 years old on or before the first day of the class.

  • Is a driving permit required?

Yes, all students must have a driving permit and carry it with them during the class.  Students who forget their permit will not be allowed to drive that day.

  • How long is the course? (Updated 3/31/15)

There are 34 hours of instruction spread over nine days.  The first Monday of each of the four sessions is only two hours long.  (See class schedule above.)

  • How many students are allowed in each class?

A maximum of 12 students are allowed per class.

  • How much drive time does each student receive?

Students must drive at least six hours and may receive more, depending on the size of the class.

  • What if a student misses his/her driving time?

If there is an unavoidable emergency, make-up times may be arranged.

  • I heard that driving will be solely at the Precision Driving Course (PDC), commonly referred to as the “driving range.”  Do students get any practice driving on the street?

Some driving will be held at the PDC and in the campus parking lot, but a majority of the driving will be on the road.  Some highway driving may also be provided, depending on the skill and comfort level of the student, as determined by the course instructor.

  • Where will the classroom instruction be held and what time?

Classroom instruction will be held at the MCC-Blue River Campus, in the Public Safety building, room 110, from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. on the first Monday of the class and from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. on all other days.

  • Where are the MCC-Blue River campus and the PDC located?

The Blue River campus address is 20301 East 78 Highway, Independence, MO, 64057.

The entrance to the PDC is located approximately one-half mile east of the main Blue River campus at 21221 East 78 Highway, Independence, MO, 64057.

(Note:  78 Highway is the same as 23rd Street.)

  • When and where do I drop off my student?

Students can be dropped off at the MCC-Blue River campus Public Safety Building (located at the back of the campus) each morning of the course.

Students should arrive and be in the classroom (Classroom 110) no later than 8:00 a.m.

  • When and where do I pick up my student?

Students can be picked up at the campus location on the first Monday of the course after 10:00 a.m.

Students can be picked up at the PDC at noon  all eight driving days of the course (Tuesday-Friday on week one and Monday-Thursday of week two.) 

UPDATED JUNE 1, 2015:  All students should be picked up at the main campus location (20301 E. 78 Hwy.), at noon, at the same spot where they are dropped off, all nine days of the course.

  • How do students get from the main campus to the driving area?

Students will be escorted to the PDC by their Driver Education instructors, in vehicles owned and maintained by MCC-Blue River. 

  • Who are the instructors?

All Driver Education instructors are current, licensed police officers as well as MCC employees and are highly trained in driving education.

  • Is there a footwear or dress code?

Yes.  Students CANNOT wear sandals or flip-flops.  Sneakers/tennis shoes are the preferred footwear.

Females should not wear skirts or dresses.  Blue jeans or long shorts are the preferred dress for both male and female students.

For further information, additional questions, or to register for the class, please call 816.604.6700.


Last Modified: 6/1/15