The revamped Commercial Drivers License program at Western Nebraska Community College has successfully produced 19 graduates since its start last fall to help fill a shortage of drivers in the state.
Currently, Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers are the top ranked occupation by demand in the state of Nebraska. That’s according to the state Departments of Labor, Education, and Economic Development.
The five-week training program provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to pass the written and skills state exams needed for a Class A CDL through a mix of classroom time and behind-the-wheel driving in one of WNCC’s fleet vehicles.
The first week is spent in the classroom with the rest actually driving. Students first develop skills on a course set up on a dirt track on the Scottsbluff Campus before moving to public-road driving in the following weeks.
The next classes begin in early January and will continue every six weeks through 2022
For more information about the CDL program, visit go.wncc.edu/CDL or contact WNCC workforce development director Doug Mader at firstname.lastname@example.org or 308.630.6556.