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Sirva, Ivy Tech partner on CDL training

June 28th, 2013

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Sirva, Ivy Tech partner on CDL training

Posted: Friday, June 28, 2013 9:56 am

Commercial driver’s-license training has returned to Ivy Tech Community College-Northeast.

Classes designed to prepare students to apply for the license are scheduled to run for eight weeks from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning July 15 at Sirva's offices at 5001 U.S. 30 W. in Fort Wayne. In addition to classroom time, the training will involve lab work, pre-trip inspection and hands-on driving time.

“This type of collaboration between business and education is exactly what we need to create a demand-driven work force in northeast Indiana,” John Sampson, president and chief executive officer of Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, said in a prepared statement.

“SIRVA and Ivy Tech are to be commended for moving the ball forward to meet the needs of logistics companies in the region.”

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has said it expects the trucking industry would need to fill 330,000 positions between 2010 and 2020.

“The shortage of qualified men and women to drive trucks exists in northeast Indiana just as it does elsewhere in the U.S.,” James Aschliman, executive director of Ivy Tech Corporate College, said in the statement. “We are proud to be providing high-quality training for those desiring to enter into this industry.”

The program costs $4,246, including materials, a Department of Transportation physical, learner’s permit and license fees, and the first Bureau of Motor Vehicles skills test for a commercial license.

To register with the program or get more information on it, call (260) 480-4118.

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