Ivy Tech Corporate College to offer training for commercial driver’s licenses

Key Information

  • CDL training new to Ivy Tech Corporate College summer 2013
  • Students can receive licensing in as little as eight weeks
  • Need for CDL-trained drivers expected to increase through 2020

This summer, Ivy Tech Corporate College will begin to offer commercial driver’s license, or CDL, training. It will consist of classroom time, hands-on driving time and pre-trip inspection and lab work.

The eight-week classes are scheduled to run from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday starting July 15 at SIRVA’s Fort Wayne office, at 5001 U.S. Highway 30 West. During that time, students will receive classroom instruction and a driving/lab time.

“This type of collaboration between business and education is exactly what we need to create a demand-driven workforce in Northeast Indiana,” said John Sampson, president and CEO of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership. “SIRVA and Ivy Tech are to be commended for moving the ball forward to meet the needs of logistics companies in the region.”

Nationally, the need for heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers is expected to increase over the next seven years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The bureau projects a need for 21 percent more drivers from 2010 to 2020—more than 330,000 employees.

“The shortage of qualified men and women to drive trucks exists in northeast Indiana just as it does elsewhere in the U.S.,” says James Aschliman, executive director of Ivy Tech Corporate College. “We are proud to be providing high quality training for those desiring to enter into this industry.”

This program will cost $3,995. This covers instruction, materials, Department of Transportation physical, application for learner’s permit and license. Program fees also cover students’ first attempts at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles skills test. The CDL class will be offered on a regular basis. For more information or to register for CDL information sessions or instruction, call 260-480-4118.

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