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Bitterroot College to offer CDL training in Great Falls

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HAMILTON, Mont. - Bitterroot College in Hamilton has launched a program to help students who live in north-central Montana earn their commercial driver's license.

In April Bitterroot College instructors will spend three weeks at Great Falls College Montana State University teaching aspiring over-the-road truck drivers in a classroom setting.

The students will then transfer to Bitterroot College in Hamilton, where they will get field training driving a truck on their own.

Bitterroot College CDL director Scott Ralston said a number of Great Falls and Cut Bank-area students have graduated from the program in Hamilton.

He said there is demand for training in that sweeping rural stretch of Montana.

"In Chester and Havre, all the way around there," he said. "We're hoping to bring that service where people can come into our class and attain their CDL."

Classroom training begins at Great Falls College-MSU April 3 and continues through April 21. Application and fees are due March 29.

Bitterroot College also offers mobile classroom training at Highlands College in Butte. The next class at Highlands College is May 8 to May 26.

The CDL class at Bitterroot College in Hamilton is from April 10 to April 28. Application and fees are due April 5.

Graduates earn their Class A commercial driver's license, which qualifies them to drive over-the-road semitrucks in all 50 states and all provinces of Canada.

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