BALTIMORE COUNTY–Community College of Baltimore County, in conjunction with the CCBC Foundation, is proud to announce the opening of a new Transportation Training Center at Tradepoint Atlantic.

As part of this new center, CCBC will offer Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) training with an expansive new driving range, a welcomed addition to the college’s Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Institute.

Derrick Little, Director of Veteran Services at CCBC said the CDL program will allow 18 veterans to receive their certification—a certification that is typically pretty expensive to obtain.

“Over the years we have had the veterans expressed interest in the CDL program and the CDL A program is a pricey program. It costs roughly $5,200 a year. But we can assist 18 veterans and military connected students to obtain CDL training with no out of pocket cost,” Little said.

Little went on to say that there is a great need for more truck drivers in the area and that businesses like Trade Point Atlantic, Amazon, Home Depot and many others in the county can offer jobs for people after they receive their training.

The qualifications needed to apply for the CDL class A program are:

One must be a veteran, veteran spouse, or veteran dependent of the United States — Active duty, National Guard, and Reserve members

One must provide DD214 form, marriage license (for spouse), and birth certificate (for dependent)

One must be at least 21 years old (commercial drivers must be 21 years of age to drive across state lines)

One must be able to pass a Department of Transportation (DOT) drug screen and physical

On must have a valid Maryland Driver’s License (regular Class C)

One must maintain zero points for drug/alcohol violations

It’s recommended that one have a High School Diploma or GED (highly preferred, but not required)

The CDL training will take place at CCBC’s driving range which was formally property under Trade Point Atlantic.

There will be in-person and virtual information sessions for people to learn more about the program on Tuesday, December 1 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at CCBC’s Dundalk Campus, a virtual session on Wednesday, December 2 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., and an in-person session on Thursday, December 3 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at CCBC’s Dundalk Campus

Additionally, with Baltimore County being home to the third highest number of Transportation, Distribution and Logistic employers in Maryland, CCBC can create a pipeline of workers trained to meet the county’s in-demand jobs.

“Tradepoint Atlantic is a world-class logistics and transportation hub and the need for a highly-skilled, trained workforce has never been more important than it is today," said Aaron Tomarchio, Tradepoint Atlantic’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs.

"CCBC’s commitment to providing this training on site will allow our local workforce access to promising career opportunities in this growing field, and qualified workers for our growing employer base. We are thrilled to have been able to partner with CCBC and are excited to officially have them provide training on Tradepoint Atlantic’s campus.”

“As we continue our economic recovery, Baltimore County will continue investing in our people, creating stronger pathways to opportunity. Combining CCBC’s innovative approach to workforce development and Tradepoint Atlantic’s role as regional economic growth engine is a perfect fit,” said Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski.

“Through this exciting public-private partnership, we will build a steady pipeline to one of the nation’s fastest growing job sectors and expand Baltimore County’s efforts to support the economy of the future.”

CCBC begins CDL training at Tradepoint Atlantic in early December. Students have the opportunity to earn a Commercial Driver’s Class-A License in a 280-hour training program that will run 8 to 20 weeks with day, evening and weekend options.

To apply, students must be 18 years-old, have a valid driver’s license and pass a Department of Transportation physical and drug screening. A combination of in-class and behind-the-wheel instruction will occur on-site. Upon completion, students are prepared to take the Maryland Commercial Driver’s License exam.

On average, tractor-trailer operators in Maryland earn approximately $48,000 annually. It’s an industry expecting to see 4 – 6 percent in job growth through 2028. Additionally, the Baltimore-Towson labor market area recently listed nearly 1,900 job postings in heavy and light truck driving.

“Having our Transportation Training Center located at Tradepoint Atlantic provides us unparalleled access to land, water and rail, crucial for offering education and training associated with the planning, management and movement of people and goods,” said CCBC President Sandra Kurtinitis.

“We are pleased that this partnership has finally come to fruition. It gives CCBC the opportunity to expand its ability to offer workforce training in areas that not only provide well-paying jobs, but establish solid careers.”

CCBC plans to expand programmatic offerings at its Training Center to include specialized heavy truck, medium truck, powered industrial truck and related technician and front-line worker training.