Gain the skills needed to obtain your Pennsylvania Class A Commercial Driver's License (CDL). Our FREE classes meet at CCAC's Boyce Campus. Stipends Paid Weekly!

This 8-week class prepares students to take the CDL Class A knowledge, skills, and road tests. The knowledge test covers general knowledge, combination vehicle, air brake, hazardous materials, tankers, and double-triples. The skills test requires performing a pre-trip inspection and various backing and parking maneuvers. The road test consists of driving a predetermined route. 

The curriculum also covers: 

  • Department of Transportation (DOT) & Hours of Service regulations
  • Map reading & trip planning
  • Shifting techniques
  • Industry terminology & career opportunities

Additional support and incentives:

  • Transportation assistance
  • Employment services
  • Financial literacy
  • Interviewing skills
  • Follow up support
  • Mentoring and leadership skills

Eligibility: 

  • Out-of-school (GED or high school diploma not required)
  • Ages 18-24 and living in Allegheny County
  • Previous or current involvement with the criminal justice system
  • Valid PA Driver’s License
  • Fully vaccinated (means an individual has completed a primary COVID-19 series of vaccine doses approved by the FDA or WHO)

Before taking the CDL Class A course, students must successfully complete the CDL Class A prerequisite course (Part 1) and also pass a DOT physical and drug screen. 

Who To Contact

Morgan Matthews

Phone: 412-632-1742

Email: morgan.matthews@goodwillswpa.org

This project is supported by the Employment and Training Administration of the United States (U.S.) Department of Labor as part of a grant award to Goodwill Industries International in which Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania is a subgrantee to an award totaling $884,197 with 100 percent funded by ETA/DOL. The Federal award number is YF-35054-20-60-A-24.  The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by ETA/DOL.

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