In an effort to provide short-term training in careers that are predicted to grow, Pine Technical & Community College will offer Commercial Driver License (CDL) courses this summer.
Nationwide, the truck driving industry is projected to grow 6 percent, and wages in Minnesota outpace the national average, according to the US Department of Labor. Statewide, the median salary for truck drivers is just over $43,000, with higher wages in the metro areas.
“Truck driving is a high-demand industry that offers rock solid wages,” said Dawn Sandberg, program manager for PTCC’s Continuing Education and Customized Training. “We’re very excited to offer this six-week training to our community.”
CDL students will learn equipment fundamentals for commercial truck driving, how to maneuver the truck through different obstacles, driving strategies and more.
“The course will prepare students to take the CDL exam,” Sandberg said. Students – both Minnesota and Wisconsin residents -- will be allowed one DMV road test taken during the course with the college’s training truck.
The course will be a mix of classroom work, videos, driving demos and hands-on driving both at the campus and on the road. Students will have the opportunity to train on newer, manual transmission trucks, as well as how to maneuver tractor-trailer combinations.
Classes start every six weeks, with the first class starting Monday, July 24. The instructor has industry experience, and class sizes will be small.
“We really want our students to succeed,” Sandberg said. “So we do have microloans available to those who qualify, and we’ll provide students with job placement tools as well.”
For more information, or to register for the course, individuals may contact Sandberg at 320.629.5184 or firstname.lastname@example.org.