Capital University Center is offering its fourth South Dakota Class A CDL Test Preparation class this year. It is set for Nov. 22-23 at the CUC in Pierre. Also planned is a S.D. Class B CDL workshop in January for people wanting bus driving certification.

Local demand for commercial driver license (CDL) training remains steady and strong, according Gini Grannes, coordinator of the CDL classes for Capital University Center.

“In addition to the continued demand for CDL Class A training, CUC receives requests regularly for Class B CDL training. As in many workforce areas, retirements are causing a shortage of qualified bus drivers, particularly for schools.”

Opportunities for individuals with CDL licenses are diverse and often local, according to Grannes. “People know that a CDL offers very lucrative over-the-road trucking opportunities, but not everyone realizes all of the local area jobs available for CDL holders,” said Grannes. “Check out the jobs posted at your Department of Labor job service office. A person with a CDL can choose from local and regional product delivery jobs, many different jobs in agriculture from direct farming to commercial agriculture sales work and, of course, numerous jobs in the construction and transportation.”

The CDL Test Prep class is instructed by commercial trucking safety and training consultant Chad Rogers. A 20-plus year veteran of the trucking industry, Rogers was the first person in South Dakota to become a Certified Driver Trainer through the North American Transportation Management Institute (NATMI). He is also a Certified Director of Safety (CDS) through the same group.

Registration is open for the November CDL Test Prep class. For more information and/or a registration form, call 605-773-2160, or visit www.cucpierre.org/learning-seminars/ and click on Fall Seminars and scroll down to the CDL registration information and form.

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