This program teaches students basic truck driving skills, introducing students to the field of heavy-duty trucking. Safety is emphasized as well as equipment knowledge and State and Federal Department of Transportation (DOT) rules and regulations. Curriculum includes CTTS/NSCSI CDL Study Manual. Field training and testing is conducted on a one-to-one basis. Program prepares students for a Montana Type 1 Certification Class A License (inter-state). If student is 18 to 21, he/she prepares for a Montana Type 2 Certification Class A License (intra-state).
Next Application and Fee Submission Deadline is Wednesday, July 2, 2014
for Program Start Date of Monday, July 14, 2014
Scott Ralston, CDL Program Director
The trucking industry currently has a high-demand for entry-level drivers, with the pay scale ranging from $35,000 to $50,000 annually for long-haul companies to $75,000 to $100,000 for oil-field truck drivers. All components of the trucking industry are experiencing a driver shortage, and the 10-year model calls for the shortage to continue as veteran drivers retire and freight concerns increase. For more employment information, visit the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook.
The Bitterroot College thanks the U.S. Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Program (TAACCCT) for providing the funding to develop this training opportunity. This training series falls under the TAACCCT grant title Strengthening Workforce Alignment in Montana’s Manufacturing and Energy Industries (SWAMMEI).