BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Baton Rouge Community College announced the relaunch of its CDL program.

According to a report from the American Journal of Transportation, the trucking industry is having a shortage of truck drivers.

BRCC is scheduled to relaunch its Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) program on Monday, Oct. 23 at the BRCC campus in Port Allen. The relaunch aims to prepare students interested in having a career in commercial driving.

“As we relaunch our Commercial Driver’s License program at BRCC, we recognize its critical role in addressing the nationwide shortage of truck drivers. Baton Rouge Community College is excited to provide this opportunity for individuals seeking a rewarding career in commercial driving while actively contributing to the solution for the nationwide truck driver shortage,” said BRCC Chancellor Dr. Willie E. Smith. “The trucking industry is the backbone of our economy and by training skilled and safety-conscious commercial drivers, we not only provide a promising career path for our students but also contribute to this vital industry.”

The institution says it follows strict guidelines from the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) training. The six-week course includes classroom theory and hands-on training. The course will run from Monday, Oct. 23 through Friday, Dec. 8.

After completing the course, students will have the opportunity to take the test to become certified to drive tractor trucks or straight trucks.

To enroll in the course, students must be 18 years old, have a valid Louisiana driver’s license without any flags, be able to pass a Department of Transportation drug and physical screen, and get a Class A or B permit from the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles.

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