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CDL training program offered by Grundy Workforce Services

Published: Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Grundy Workforce Services is offering a free CDL training opportunity for unemployed workers to help get them on the road to a new career.

The CDL training program is designed for individuals with little or no commercial driving experience, according to a news release from the organization.

Training includes: the cost of tuition, drug-screening/physical exam and a Commercial Driver’s License Learner’s Permit. Those who successfully complete the program will receive a certificate of completion as well as prepare themselves to take the State of Illinois Class A road test.

Funding for the CDL training program is provided by a $217,803 grant from the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity as part of the Dislocated Worker Training National Emergency Grant for WIA eligible dislocated workers to serve individuals in Grundy, Livingston and Kankakee counties, according to the news release.

Priority will be given to the long-term unemployed (minimum of 27 weeks) and individuals likely to exhaust their unemployment insurance benefits.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the employment for heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers will grow 21 percent from 2010 to 2020, according to the news release.

Full time, day classes begin every three weeks. Limited scholarships for the CDL Training Program are available. For information about the program or to apply, call the Grundy Workforce Services Office at 815-942-1552.

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