Carroll Partners with Community College to Provide Free CDL-A Training

Carroll County has partnered with Carroll Community College to provide CDL-A training to 12 students through funding from the American Rescue Plan Act.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the US and Maryland are experiencing a shortage of workforce across many industries and occupations. The shortage of CDL-A truck drivers has been especially noted and is partially responsible for supply chains delays. The American Rescue Plan has tasked local workforce areas with providing essential training resulting in a growing workforce and aiding in recovery to in-demand industries. Typically, CDL-A courses are available outside of Carroll County and are conducted on evenings (14 weeks) or weekends (20 weeks).

The Carroll County Commissioners awarded a contract to Carroll Community College to provide CDL-A training in Carroll County for up to six students in the amount of $31,000.00 ($5,166.67 each). An additional (6) students can be added at a cost of $31,800.00 ($5,300.00 each) for a total cost of $62,800.00 for twelve (12) students. Funds for the contract are available through the American Rescue Plan Act awarded to Carroll County Workforce Area. The cost associated with this service is within the allocated budget and no additional funds will be used.

The contract will provide CDL-A training at an accelerated timeframe (8 weeks full-time) as well as have the classroom training and possibly the behind-the-wheel training in Westminster instead of students travelling to Baltimore for several months. Carroll Community College is an approved vendor on Maryland Labor’s Education Provider Training List.

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