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 firstname.lastname@example.org.