Governor Proclaims April 30, 2019 Northwest Iowa Community College CDL Train & Test Day
The Governor of Iowa, Kim Reynolds, has proclaimed April 30, 2019 Northwest Iowa Community College CDL Train & Test Day.
The proclamation is as follows:
Whereas providing service to others is a hallmark of local community colleges nationwide, and a central avenue to meeting the needs and challenges faced in Northwest Iowa; and
Whereas Northwest Iowa Community College is doing their part to provide opportunities to local applicants and alleviate the local and national shortage of Commercial Drivers by providing cost effective training and testing; and
Whereas Northwest Iowa Community College CDL Train & Test Program addresses one of the State’s and nation’s most pressing challenge that is facing our cities and counties, by educating participants for the job of the future and helping keep unemployment at its lowest possible rate; and
Whereas NCC CDL Train & Test Program continues to provide drivers to fill the need and to serve as a life line to delivering our state’s and nation’s product to each and every corner of the world; and
Whereas the State of Iowa shares a priority with Northwest Iowa officials to engage local citizens, improve lives, and strengthen communities; the State of Iowa is proud to recognize the impact of this service provided by NCC’s CDL Train & Test Program and what it does for Northwest Iowa.
Dave Van Egdom, Coordinator – Transportation Programs, stated, “This is very exciting for us! It is nice to be recognized for making a difference in Northwest Iowa by the Governor. It is very fulfilling that we can support local individuals and our industry partners by offering this service.”
Northwest Iowa Community College (NCC) started offering on-campus customized Commercial Driver’s License Training, more commonly known as CDL Training in February of 2018 and it has continued to grow ever since. Van Egdom, stated, “Currently we have three employees that have finished their DOT certified examination training and one who is almost finished. Having NCC trainers and DOT licensed examiners is a great benefit to the community, because we now have more control over the scheduling of when we offer CDL training and exams.”
The Train & Test program is set up with the understanding that a person training has prior knowledge of driving with some type of trailer. This might include experience with backing up a boat or camper, or using equipment around the farm. In the future, with the addition of a full time coordinator, NCC officials hope to offer classes for people with absolutely no prior trailer experience.
One of the benefits for students of the Train & Test program is the ability to use NCC’s equipment. “A student can use NCC’s semi-truck and trailer which has passed all DOT inspections. What you are training and learning on is the same equipment you eventually test on. That can be very helpful,” commented Van Egdom.
On-campus classes are typically offered on Mondays and Tuesdays. The training covers pre-trip inspections, skills (three back-up maneuvers), and practice on a DOT approved driving/testing route. The participant must have a Commercial Learner’s Permit for 15 days prior to starting the training. You must be 18 to get a CDL in Iowa (note: if a person is 18 – 21, they can only drive in their state of residence).
The NCC Train & Test program is offered to individuals and companies alike. Custom group training is also available to elevators, trucking companies, construction companies, etc., by calling NCC. NCC offers the only training program in their 4 ½ county service area.
Van Egdom stated, “One new opportunity we are planning to start this July is a School Bus Driver Train & Test in 2 day program. It will be run similarly to the CDL Train & Test program. We are directly meeting the needs of our community, and we look forward to continuing to do so through growth and customized opportunities.”
To find out more about NCC’s CDL Training or the upcoming Bus Driver Training, go to our website at nwicc.edu, or call Dave Van Egdom, Coordinator – Transportation Programs, at 712-324-5061 ext. 119.