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Belmont College Expands CDL Program

St. Clairsville, OH (October 11, 2017) – In an effort to meet the area’s need for skilled, licensed commercial drivers, Belmont College is expanding its Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) program.

The college is pleased to announce that they have formed a partnership with American Professional Truck Driving School in Gnadenhutten, Ohio. American Professional has been in business for more than 20 years and is a state certified and licensed agency.

 

Photo caption (from left to right): Dr. Rebecca Kurtz, Belmont College Vice President of Academic Affairs & Student Engagement; Debbie Montgomery, Belmont College Workforce Development Specialist; Lewis T. Higgenbotham, Owner, American Professional Truck Driving School; Dr. Paul Gasparro, Belmont College President.

The five-week Truck Driving Academy program offers students a comprehensive curriculum to prepare them to pass the CDL exam. Training will consist of two weeks of classroom training at Belmont College followed by three weeks of behind-the-road pad training at American Professional’s Gnadenhutten, Ohio location.

 

With registration for CDL classes now open, students in the region will receive their CDL permit, background check, ODOT physical, 200 hours of classroom and on-the-road training, CDL driving exam with truck provided, and lifetime job placement assistance.

 

Students will receive practice time behind the wheel from state-certified instructors, licensed by the Ohio Division of Public Safety, and with a minimum of three years’ experience. The cost of the student’s CDL license exam will be included in the training for the first two attempts. Hazmat endorsements are also included in the cost of the training for an additional fee.

 

“Our CDL program offers short-term training for a career pathway in transportation, which is a vital part of our economy locally and across the state,” said Dr. Rebecca Kurtz, Vice President of Academic Affairs & Student Engagement. “When we were considering workforce development training programs, CDL came to mind immediately because of the high-demand for commercial truck drivers.”

 

For more information about the CDL program or to register for classes, please call the Belmont College Workforce Development Office at 740-699-3869 or online at www.belmontcollege.edu/workforce-community-ed/cdl/

 

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