The Berks Career and Technology Center (BCTC)was founded in 1968 and operates as a school of choice for students seeking an educational program with highly relevant career and technical experience that is directly connected to the real world of business and industry. Many area business people serve on advisory committees for the school including Deb Raymond from West Motor Freight in Boyertown.
Recently elected as chair of the Occupational Advisory Committee, Deb played an important role in securing two trailers for the school’s new CDL (Class A & B) training program. Additionally, the school has become a Third Party Examiner for CDL, preparing students to pass the written and road tests required for entry level tractor trainer driving positions. The school has created a specific trainingcenter for the program located approximately 2 miles north of the West Campus in Leesport, PA.
The first class is scheduled to begin on September 9th, 2013 with 4-5 students. The CDL Class A program is 150 hours and includes approximately 46 hours of one on one training with an instructor on both the newly constructed CDL driving range and on the road.
“I can’t thank Deb Raymond and Bob Petruzzi from West Motor Freight enough for all of their support,” noted Doug Keim, Director of Continuing Education at BCTC. “We know there is a need for drivers in the industry and hope this program will grow quickly to include many, many more students and help our local employers to find well trained drivers.” BCTC will be the only CDL training provider in Berks County.