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We are excited to ANNOUNCE!
**We are accepting students for our FIRST EVER**
Evening CLASS A CDL Program

Meets Monday - Thursday 4pm to 9pm

Class takes 9 Weeks (could take longer due to weather)

This class has a 5-student limit.

Enrollment ends & class begins when 5 students have enrolled.

Commercial Driving Class A

We introduce the student to the knowledge base and technical skills needed to obtain their Commercial Driving License.

CLASSROOM TRAINING

Students attend 45 hours of classroom training covering all subjects required by the ENTRY LEVEL DRIVER TRAINING curriculum for a Class A commercial driver's license including but not limited to, Basic Operation, Safe operating Procedures, Advanced Operating Practices, Vehicle Systems and Reporting Malfunctions etc,  along with all required non-driving theory subjects outlined by the FMCSA's theory instruction standard curriculum. At the end of the classroom training students will then take the Class A Learners Permit test given by the West Virginia division of motor vehicles. Students who acquire the Class A Learners Permit will then move on to the RANGE and BEHIND THE WHEEL "BTW" training segments of the course. Students must meet at least an 80% score in all areas to progress.

 

BEHIND-the-WHEEL RANGE

BTW/RANGE training teaches exercises related to basic vehicle control skills and mastery of basic maneuvers, as covered in 49 CFR 383.111 and 383.113 these include, VEHICLE INSPECTION PRE-TRIP/ENROUTE/POST-TRIP, STRAIGHT LINE BACKING, ALLEYDOCK BACKING 45/90 DEGREE, OFF-SET BACKING, PARALELL PARKING BLIND SIDE AND SIGHT SIDE, COUPLING AND UNCOUPLING. Students will be trained to meet the proficiency level in all elements of the BTW/RANGE curriculum to successfully complete the training module.

 

BEHIND-THE-WHEEL (BTW) PUBLIC ROAD

This segment of training will include BTW driving with a combination of highway, city, long steep downgrades, and heavy traffic driving. Training will meet all  ELDT requirements including, SHIFTING/TRANSMISSION, COMMUNICATIONS/SIGNALING, VISUAL SEARCH, SPEED AND SPACE MANAGMENT, SAFE DRIVER BEHAVIOR, HOURS OF SERVICE REQUIREMENTS, HAZARD PERCEPTION, RAILROAD HIGHWAY GRADE CROSSING etc. A heavy emphasis is placed on defensive driving and giving each student plenty of time behind the wheel to become proficient in their ability to safely and professionally operate large combination vehicles. 

Class starts monthly.

This 180 hour program can be completed in 7 weeks. 

Per the US Bureau of Labor Statistics 2022:

Number of available jobs as of 2022 - 2,192,300

Job Outlook from 2022 to 2032 - 4% growth

Median Pay 2022 - $49,920 per year or $24.00 per hour

Financial Aid

The Commercial Driving program qualifies for Heaps, VA, WIOA and WV Vocational Rehabilitation. These are Grants not Loans. ACT does not offer in any student loan options.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

To meet SAP, a student must:

  • Maintain a continuous "C" average.

  • Attend at least 90% of the program hours for each grading period.

  • Maintain a continuous 90% attendance rate for the program.

  • Complete the course within the originally scheduled course hours.

Refund Policy

There is no refund for fees after the start of class!

There is a 100% refund on tuition during the first five days of the program!

There is a 50% refund on tuition during day 6 thru day 10 of the program!

After day 10 of the program there is No Refund!!

Enrollment Procedures

Printable Enrollment Check Sheet

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Prerequisites

  • Must be 21 years old and meet DMV requirements for a Commercial Driver's License.

  • Must have a valid DOT Physical.

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Start Here

  • Complete your Financial Aid Applications.

      For Pell Grant visit:

www.fafsa.ed.gov    ACT's ID 015748 Complete 23-24 application

​      For HEAPS Grant visit:  (fill out AFTER July 1, 2023)

https://wvhepc.org/secure/apps/applications/heaps/welcome.aspx

  • Notify ACT's financial aid department that your applications are filed.

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Once Financial Aid Applications Are Received

Be Advised FAFSA applications take up to 10 business days to be processed by the Department of Education.

  • If needed, you must supply any required documentation to verify your financial aid position.

  • Schedule an appointment with Melani Hylton to register for class.

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Final Steps

 

Bring the following with you to your registration appointment:

  1. DOT physical

  2. Social Security Card

  3. Photo ID

  4. Non-Refundable Registration of $215 (must be exact change/check)

During your registration appointment you will  

  1.  Complete an Adult Registration form.

  2. Register for a background check and drug screen.

  3. Apply for the ACE Advantage grant.

  4. Sign a cost sheet and agree to all school policies.

Before you can attend class, you must bring your background check receipt from IdentoGO to ACT!

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Start Class

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