CDL program to help individuals overcome poverty

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Updated Feb 5, 2019
The JARI CDL training program is connecting unemployed individuals with CDL training.The JARI CDL training program is connecting unemployed individuals with CDL training.

A CDL program is connecting unemployed and underemployed individuals with truck driver training in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development recently approved a Neighborhood Assistance Tax Credit (NAP) application for $67,000 to Johnstown Area Regional Industries (JARI). With the money, JARI will offer free CDL training to 10 eligible individuals. To qualify for the program, individuals must live in the Woodvale, Old Conemaugh Borough, Prospect, and Kernville areas of Johnstown.

“The program targets communities that are considered economically distressed,” said Debi Balog, JARI’s director of workforce development. “The goal of the program is to offer training courses that will assist unemployed or underemployed individuals with obtaining training credentials that lead to full-time employment in an in-demand occupation.  Ultimately, helping residents become economically self-sufficient.”

The program provides 240 hours of training. JARI covers all training and materials cost. Participants are responsible for acquiring a background check, DOT physical, providing their birth certificate and getting a CDL permit.

Classes will be being in the spring and fall of 2019. The program is accepting inquiries until Jan. 31. Anyone interested in the program should contact JARI for more information.