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Garrett German Gets CDL License

Garrett German, Garden Spot High School senior and Pathways2Success Cooperative Education student, passed his Class A Commercial Driver’s License from the Mount Joy Career and Technology Center on Tuesday, March 27.

In order to participate and pay for this CDL program, Garrett used the Business and Education Partnership grant that he earned by passing the nationally recognized Ready2Work exam through CareerLink.  Ready2Work assesses a person’s skills in applied mathematics, graphic literacy, and workplace documents.  Upon successful completion of these exams, high school students and recent graduates are able to use up to a $5000 grant towards post-secondary training in a high priority career.  Garrett knew right away that he wanted to use his grant to obtain his Class A CDL license which allows him to drive tractor trailers.

“After graduating from high school I want to attend the IBEW apprenticeship program to become a journeyman lineman,” said Garrett.  In order to be accepted into the IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) program you need to have your CDL license.  This Class A license gets him one step closer to obtaining his career goal.

I asked Garrett about his experience of driving a truck for the first time.  “It was the most stressful moment of my life,” he said about putting the truck into motion for the first time on only his third day of class.  “But after a few days of practice, I became much more comfortable and really started to enjoy it,” he continued.  “Practice makes perfect,” interjected Nicole Carson who oversees the Mount Joy CTC CDL programs.  Nicole has her Class B CDL license.  She explained that driving truck is a skill that is developed over time and the more you practice the better you become.

Congratulations to Garrett!   And good luck in the IBEW program!


jhackman • March 28, 2018

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