Anyone interested in a career in the truck driving industry is invited to an open house to learn more about the new Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) certification program at Moraine Valley Community College. The open house will be held on Thursday, March 15, 6 p.m., in Building M, Room M201, at the main campus, 9000 W. College Parkway in Palos Hills.

Unique to Moraine Valley’s CDL program is the inclusion of an eight-hour supply chain industry overview that highlights the basic principles of transportation, logistics and supply chain management. Upon completion, students will understand the role transportation plays in economic vitality and have a better understanding of supply chain and distribution processes.

The college’s two distinct offerings, CDL Basic and CDL Plus, are being offered in partnership with Professional Truck Driving School. CDL Basic is a nine-week program that provides standard CDL training and certification. The cost is $4,100. The 12-week CDL Plus program, which costs $4,600, includes the CDL Basic content as well as tanker, hazardous material and double/triple endorsements. CDL Basic and CDL Plus classes start every month.

“Moraine Valley is excited to play a role in training people to help fill the industry-wide shortage of drivers, said Steve Pappageorge, executive director of Corporate, Community and Continuing Education at Moraine Valley. “Initial response to our program announcement has been positive from students and from companies looking to hire drivers. Good jobs are out there—the hardest part is picking up the phone to get started.”

An open house also is planned for Thursday, April 19, 6 p.m., in Building M, Room M201, on the main campus.