The Clark State College Commercial Transportation Training and Testing Center (CTTTC) will continue offering weekend courses to obtain a CDL Class A license in January of 2023.
This six-week, 120-hour semi-truck driving training program is tailored for working adults who want to train for a new career as a commercial driver, without leaving their existing job.
“At Clark State’s Commercial Transportation Training and Testing Center, our priority is to ensure that our students have every opportunity to train for a new career without adding the strain of supporting a family to the equation,” said Duane Hodge, director of the Clark State CTTTC. “Class sizes are small, which allows students to progress through the program and master the required skills in a relaxed, non-competitive environment.”
Hodge also said professional drivers are in high-demand, and the need for drivers will exceed the supply for many years to come.
CTTTC also serves as a CDL Testing Center for the state of Ohio. Students can now train and test on the same lot and in the same truck they trained in. Program fees include all books, materials, testing and licensing fees.
Financial assistance may be available to individuals who qualify through several sources including Ohio Means Jobs (WIOA), Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (ODOD) and veteran educational programs (VA).
Clark State was recently selected as one of the CDL training centers in the state to be approved for the new Commercial Driver’s License Student Aid Program. Funds were awarded to eligible institutions through a competitive application process and funds disbursed to students will be in the form of a grant and loan. Students receiving funds to complete their CDL must commit to reside and be employed in Ohio for a minimum of one year upon completion of the program to have their loan forgiven.
“This significant increase in funding from the state for this program is particularly noteworthy,” said Hodge. “Students cannot use federal financial aid (Title IV) for CDL training.” Clark State wants to thank the Governor, Chancellor, and the Ohio General Assembly for addressing this critical need and providing this funding to help Ohio students gain access to CDL training.
Hodge said this grant/loan program will give students access to the Clark State CDL training program, which in turn, leads to a job. The program rewards hard working individuals who have never had or have never defaulted on a previous student loan. Students eligible for the loan must be a resident of Ohio and be accepted into the CDL program. No credit checks are required.
A new session will begin every six weeks starting on January 7, 2023. Classes will be held from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays, at the training facility at 325 Tremont City Road in Springfield, Ohio.
Interested students should contact the CTTTC office at 937.328.6054 to start the application process.
2023 CDL Weekend Class Schedule:
January 7 – February 12, 2023 (session full)
February 18 – March 26, 2023
April 1 – May 14, 2023
May 20 – July 9, 2023