Moraine Valley Community College is launching its Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) certification program. 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.

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.

“Obtaining a commercial driver’s license opens the door to a career in the supply chain field,” said Steve Pappageorge, executive director of Corporate, Community and Continuing Education at Moraine Valley. “There is an acute nationwide shortage of drivers. Transportation companies are offering sign-on incentives and highly competitive compensation plans to attract quality individuals. Area companies have immediate hiring needs, and Moraine Valley can train people to fill them.”

Persons considering a career in the truck driving industry can learn more about Moraine Valley’s CDL programs at open houses at 6 p.m., on Thursday, Feb. 22 and Thursday, March 15 in Building M, Room M201 at the college’s main campus, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills.