OCTC, Riverport Authority Launching CDL Academy

In October 2021, the Owensboro Community and Technical College will launch a Commercial Driver’s License Academy to help address the driver shortage in the region.

Offered through OCTC’s Workforce Solutions division, this regional CDL driving academy is possible through a public partnership with the Owensboro Riverport Authority (ORA) and will offer both CDL Class A and Class B certification training. 

OCTC’s multi-truck and trailer program received funding support from KCTCS-TRAINS and a no-cost lease agreement for the program’s required driving range through the Riverport Authority.

The CDL Driving Academy will place a heavy emphasis on work-and-earn sponsorships, apprenticeships, and post-training employer placement along with a full range of free career navigator services. 

In late September, there will be an employer awareness event hosted by OCTC and ORA, along with the Green River Business Service Team and related workforce development partners. The event is designed to highlight the CDL Driving Academy, funding opportunities, and the training and placement options available. 

Companies interested in CDL certification for new hires or incumbent workers may be eligible for state training funds, which would significantly offset training costs.

For more information, visit owensborotimes.com/cdl-academy