New CDL programs coming to Michigan colleges

A new partnership between Mott Community College in Flint, Michigan, and Tri-Area Trucking School in Freeland will bring expanded driver training opportunities to the Flint area.

The four-week course will include 40 hours of classroom instruction, 40 hours of home study, and 80 hours of truck-only instruction. To qualify for the program, students must be at least 18 years of age, qualify to obtain a CDL and a permit, have a valid Michigan driver’s license, and complete a DOT physical and drug screening before the start of the course. 

“Truck driving is in high demand right now,” said Dartanyan Jamerson, the college’s director of workforce development. “Currently we are tracking more than 100 local job postings for local and over the road drivers in Flint and the surrounding area.”

The first class at Mott Community College started Dec. 17.

Tri-Area Trucking School is also expanding driver training opportunities in Roscommon through a similar partnership with Kirtland Community College. The new Kirtland Community College CDL training program features a three-week program, with one week of training in a classroom and the last two weeks of training in the trucks. The cost for this program is $3,900. 

Meanwhile, in North Carolina, Sampson Community College in Clinton recently received a $100,000 investment from the Cannon Foundation. With this grant, the college will be able to expand on its existing truck driver training program by building a new training site.