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Meet the Instructors

Juan F. Hernandez, Lead Commercial Driver Instructor

Hello, my name is Juan F. Hernandez. I am the Lead Instructor for the Professional Truck Driving Academy at Texas State Technical College (TSTC).

As an instructor, my role consists of helping students obtain the knowledge and skills needed for a position in the commercial truck driving industry. The truck driving course provides proper training and prepares the future trucking workforce for the CDL exam and provides the resources needed to succeed in the industry. The Professional Driving Academy strives to focus on the safety of the students and motoring public by ensuring current DOT standards and regulations are being met.

I obtained my CDL License through the Tri-State Truck Driving School in 1993. The decision to obtain my license changed the course of my life and has proven to be very rewarding. Since obtaining my CDL License, opportunities have always been available in the commercial trucking industry. With more than two decades of service, I have driven intrastate commerce through 48 states and Canada. I have obtained extensive experience in operating commercial equipment, which includes most makes and models of tractor trailers. In addition to my truck driving knowledge I also have experience in teaching. I was previously an Instructor for South Texas College’s Professional Truck Driver Training Program. I look forward to sharing my vast knowledge with the future TSTC truck driving students, and help them succeed in their journey of becoming a Professional Truck Driver. My goals are to better extend my knowledge base of the commercial trucking industry by utilizing the Certified Programs that TSTC offers.


Effren C. Benavides III, Commercial Driver Instructor

Greetings!! My name is Effren C. Benavides III (Ben). I am a certified Commercial Truck Driver Instructor with TSTC Corporate and Community Education. I am here to help guide you through this TSTC program and a lifetime of career opportunities in the commercial transportation industry.

Our CDL program prepares you with the tools, knowledge and skills to help you succeed in your truck driving future. I have worked in the commercial truck driving industry for 23 years. Throughout my career I have worked with various companies in the Rio Grande Valley. My previous employments were in the LTL freight business, and the oil and gas industry.  

I have acquired a wealth of knowledge through my years of experience; and was a trained Drivecam and V-nomics coach. I have experience in coaching CDL drivers on maneuvering bad driving situations, shifting gears, monitoring drivers' shifting patterns and its effect of the equipment usage and fuel consumption.

I helped propel Harlingen’s Con-way Freight Company into Bronze Certification by implementing numerous processes that would make Con-way a more organized status at a glance, and safe work place. This also resulted in a nomination of 5’s Lean Leader by my fellow coworkers.  My knowledge of Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint allowed me to create Standard Work Instructions (SWI) for workplace organization and Value Stream Maps. My driving experience consists of local, intrastate and interstate driving. I take pride in being recognized for operating tractor trailers without incidents, emphasizing the importance of safety.

TSTC Professional Truck Driving students can expect knowledgeable, experienced, integrity-based, professionalism and safety-oriented commercial driver training. Come and see for yourself what Texas State Technical College has to offer you in this fast changing and growing economy.


Victor Reyna, Commercial Driver Instructor

Hello, my name is Victoriano Reyna and I am one of the Instructors for the Professional Driving Academy at TSTC.

I have previous experience working with other truck driving programs, and TSTC’s Corporate and Community Education is offering an exceptional service for prospective CDL students. I am a resident of Pharr, TX and have 20 years of service in the trucking industry. I was previously an Instructor at South Texas College for 12 years, and am looking forward to sharing my experience and knowledge with TSTC’s Professional Truck Driving Academy.

This three-week CDL program offers training to get you on the road in record time and takes great initiative in implementing safety, and current up to date DOT regulations. 

My goal is to learn more about the newest technology that assists the transportation industry.

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