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New Program To Help Soldiers Earn Commercial Driver's License
Reported by: Jeff Morris
Videographer: Bob Aaron
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Also Contributing: Bob Aaron
Reported: Oct. 3, 2012 12:11 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 3, 2012 5:05 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
The National Guard and state educators are teaming up to help soldiers earn their commercial driver’s license.
The pilot program announced Wednesday will allow soldiers and airmen to use their big rig military driving experience to get a civilian commercial driver’s license. Traditional training to get a commercial driver’s license can cost up to $10,000 and take months. Twenty members of the West Virginia National Guard are enrolled in the pilot. Additional classroom work and training is in collaboration with the Eberle Technical Center in Upshur County. The soldiers will complete the course in three weekends at almost no cost to the troops.
The Department of Education hopes to persuade the trucking industry and others in need of drivers to underwrite future training courses in different parts of the state. U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller Senator Jay Rockefeller, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, today announced that Congress passed a bill he cosponsored to improve and expedite the commercial driver’s license (CDL) application process for Armed Forces members and veterans. It is estimated that there is a need nationally for 330,000 large truck commercial drivers over the next eight years.
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