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CDL program fights trucker shortage

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Bismarck State College is working to expand their Commercial Driver’s License course to meet the growing need for truck drivers in the state.

Brian Ellersick, TrainND Manager for BSC, says the CDL program has a four to six month waiting list of students wanting to take the class.

"We just expanded into the second class, and I know Dr. Jensen, the Bismarck State College President, has talked to legislators about helping us expand the program even more, potentially to a third truck within the next year or two. I know he's also talked about getting a fourth truck, so I think in the next year, two years we should see another expansion of this program."

Ellersick says most graduates of the program tend to stay in North Dakota and the Midwest region.

"We have a 98% passer rating with our program and a 100% job placement within the industry for those that are seeking to join the industry right away. We've had great success. Our top goal is to produce safe drivers."