CCAC Boyce Campus offers CDL program to help meet growing demand for truck drivers

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Article by: CCAC Public Relations

Evening session to be added in July for working individuals seeking a new career

PITTSBURGH-The Community College of Allegheny County's Boyce Campus has rolled out a new noncredit Commercial Driver's License (CDL) program that is designed to help meet the high demand for commercial truck drivers. CCAC's curriculum first prepares students to take and pass the CDL Class A permit tests and then prepares students to take and pass the CDL Class A pre-trip, skills and driving tests at the end of six weeks. Upon successfully passing all three tests, students are eligible to drive any commercial vehicle with the proper endorsements. No prior truck driving experience is required. The first session just ended, with all of the students, ages 19 to 55, passing and receiving job offers.

"There is such a demand, they can be pre-hired before they even start school," said Jack Mittereder, program coordinator. "I get so many employers calling; that's how intense the CDL job market is right now."

A second session began the last week of May, and successive six-week sessions will be held throughout the summer and fall-beginning on July 9, August 20, October 1 and November 5. The daily classes run Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. An evening program that will have class two nights a week from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and eight hours on Saturday will begin by the end of July. The program is ideal for working individuals who want to switch careers.

For those looking for steady employment in a well-paying career, it couldn't be a better time to get into the truck driving industry. The move to electronically monitored logs, along with the retirement of many older, experienced truck drivers, has caused a backlog of product. As a result, pay rates have gone up, according to Mittereder. After two years on the job, a truck driver can potentially make yearly salaries of $60,000 to $70,000, he said. The industry is also looking for more female truck drivers, and there are many different locations and segments in which drivers can choose to work.

"If you cannot find a job in the truck driving industry, you probably don't want to work," he said. "The opportunity is there."

The six-week, 240-hour program offers more behind-the-wheel experience than many other programs, which are usually only four weeks long. Cost of the CCAC program is $4,900. There is no financial aid for the noncredit program, but outside funding may be available to those who qualify.

For more information or to register, contact Jack Mittereder at 724.325.6834 or jmittereder@ccac.edu.

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