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Cloud County Community College will be offering a Commercial Drivers License certificate program in February at the Geary County campus in Junction City.

The program has two phases. Phase one will provide the training necessary to successfully take the CDL general knowledge, combination vehicle and air brake Class A written test with the state of Kansas. Some of the topics covered will include driving and transporting cargo safely, air brakes, and hazardous materials rules.

Phase one is a non-degree, non-credit certificate course that will cost $400. It begins on Monday, Feb. 4, and runs for two weeks, Monday-Thursday from 6-8 p.m.

Phase two incorporates what the student learned in the first phase, and implements hands-on training. After having passed the written test, students will continue classroom training, as well as being in the driver’s seat of a semi. Students will be able to drive a tandem axle semi and trailer for the training and skilled driving test.

Some of the topics that will be covered in phase two include basic vehicle control skills on a closed course, on-road driving, use of GPS units and log books, and more than 20 hours of drive time.

Upon completion of the second phase, students will be prepared for the three-part Class A Driving Skills Examination.

Phase two is a non-degree, non-credit certificate course that will cost $2,000. It begins on Monday, Feb. 25 with classroom time from 6-8 p.m., and scheduled driving time with the instructor.

To register for the courses, contact Laura Leite, Business and Industry coordinator, at lleite@cloud.edu, or by phone at 785.243.1435, ext. 374, or stop by the Geary County campus at 631 Caroline Ave., in Junction City. Enrollment night for the courses is Thursday, Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. at the Geary County campus.

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