CDL Program Maintains 100 Percent Employment Rate for Graduates, Prepares for Expansion

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CDL Program Maintains 100 Percent Employment Rate for Graduates, Prepares for Expansion


Byline: COD News Bureau

The Commercial Drivers License (CDL) program at College of DuPage is uncommonly successful, exhibiting a 99 percent completion rate and a 100 percent employment rate for students who have completed the program.

"This success rate speaks to the commitment and dedication of the programs faculty and staff," said Joan Ivory, Associate Dean of Continuing Education and Director of Business Solutions. "It is not uncommon for instructors to spend additional time with students well after class has ended, making sure they understand both the theoretical and practical elements of commercial driving. More importantly, on a daily basis, the students witness the dedication and commitment of the faculty and staff and because they care so much, it motivates students to do better."

Now celebrating its four-year anniversary, the program has seen more than 10 percent growth in enrollment since its inception in 2011. According to Ivory, following recent upgrades to equipment and expansion of the program, even more growth in enrollment is expected in 2016.

"Within the past year, we have added one instructor and two additional vehicles," she said. "The addition of instructional staff and vehicles has allowed us to increase class sizes, thereby enabling more students to complete the program and become gainfully employed. The CDL skills course has been revised to align with Federal and State requirements."

She added that the curriculum undergoes an annual review to ensure it is continually in compliance with all local, state and federal laws, and rules and regulations that govern commercial driver training programs. …

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