The demand for driver services has skyrocketed and employment of heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers is projected to grow five percent from 2018 to 2028. As supply chain demands grow, so will the need for truck drivers.


Business Education Training Analysis, a training division of Butler Community College, has partnered with CSC, Inc. to bring CDL Class A, Class B, and Department of Transportation (DOT) training to the region.


The training consists of one full week of onsite preparation at 5620 N 119th Street West in Maize. The preparation prepares drivers to test for the both the Class A or Class B CDL State of Kansas license. The instructor, facility and driving course is provided by CSC, Inc., a safety and compliance company located in Maize.


According to indeed.com, the average salary for an entry level truck driver is $50,279 per year in the United States. Salary estimates are based on 387 salaries submitted anonymously to Indeed by entry level truck driver employees, users, and collected from past and present job advertisements on Indeed.


"That’s not a bad return on the investment of time and tuition for this program," said Jon Cressler, BETA chief business development officer. "Cost for the program for Class A is $3,710 and Class B is $2,910. Class A CDL is a more "universal’ license. You will be able to drive several different types of commercial trucks and tractor trailers. By obtaining it you have access to the same trucks as Class B. The Class B license allows operation of vehicles such as straight trucks and dump trucks, but it is more limiting than a class A CDL. Class A will pay you the most money, career-wise."


Mike Harp, CSC, Inc. President, said the relationship will allow those to learn a skill from knowledgeable and professional industry leaders during training.


"With over 80 years of experience, the students will have access to our expertise to learn how to safely operate CDL vehicles as well as gain skills to take with them to be a huge asset to the companies they go on to work for. They will also have a license that provides the ability to have a profession they can be proud of and make a great living."


Enrollments are limited to 20 students maximum on a first-come, first-served basis. More information about the details of the course can be found online at www.butlercc.edu/cdl. For more questions regarding BETA CDL and DOT training or other offerings, please call BETA at 316.218.6124 or email at beta@butlercc.edu. BETA is located on Butler’s Andover campus.