Due to a critical need for certified commercial drivers, Wallace State Community College is seeking to make it more convenient to qualify.
Wallace State now offers CDL classes at the Oneonta campus, as well as at Double Springs in Winston County, and at the main campus in Hanceville.
The first class in Oneonta will begin Aug. 8, providing at least four prospective students sign up for it.
The CDL course is a four-week program, with classes to be scheduled from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, according to Wallace State spokesperson Melinda Edwards. The course may be re-offered at the conclusion of the first class, and could even be offered again after that, depending on student demand.
Graduates will be met with multiple job offers, “as there is a critical need for commercial drivers locally, regionally, and nationally,” according to Gail Crutchfield, Wallace State communications and marketing coordinator.
“Students usually leave the class with jobs if they want them,” said Edwards, adding that starting pay could be as high as $60,000 annually.
An information session will be held Friday, July 22, at 10 a.m. at the Wallace State-Oneonta Center. Covered will be topics such as a survey of the job market, financial aid available, a description of what life is like on the road, and details on how to apply. Registration is now open. For more information, visit wallacestate.edu/cdl, or call (256) 352- 7826.