Ivy Tech offers new CDL training program


Ivy Tech Community College Terre Haute is now offering training for those interested in obtaining a Commercial Driving License (CDL-A) to meet workforce demand in the area.

The Vermillion County Economic Development Council has donated $10,000 to the Ivy Tech Terre Haute Foundation to support Vermillion County residents pursuing their CDL training. This funding can be used to provide partial or full funding for Vermillion County citizens.

CDL training classes start every month. Training includes extensive classroom and one-on-one behind-the-wheel training in three weeks.


“You can almost be guaranteed a job once you get your license because they’re clambering for drivers all over the area,” said Rod Dowell, Ivy Tech workforce alignment consultant. “There are over a hundred job postings in this area in Vermillion and Vigo and Sullivan because there’s a real need and postings doesn’t mean a position specifically. It could be five positions per posting.”


“The average truck driver job salary in Indiana is $47,000, and the average experienced driver earns upwards of $60,000,” Dowell noted. “Owner-operators can earn greater than $90,000 a year,” he added.


Classes are provided by the Center for Transportation Safety, with instructors who are certified in National Safety Council Defensive Driving, classroom instruction and hands-on training of backing exercises, emergency maneuvers, skid control, and avoidance and commentary drives.


Financial assistance may be available through local workforce development offices, WorkOne and Indiana’s Workforce Ready Grant through Next Level Jobs.


Students must be 18 or older and have a valid driver’s license to enroll.


To sign up for training and to learn more, call Ivy Tech at 812-298-2485 or email Sarah Thomas at sthomas154@ivytech.edu.

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