Commercial Vehicle Driving Program

Scholarships are available through CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion

Applications now being accepted for the class beginning September 3.

Marion County Public Schools Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) program is  operated by Marion Technical College. Classes are based at Booster Stadium on Northeast 36th Avenue in Ocala.  The location provides a safe and easily accessible space for practicing commercial driving skills without interfering with surrounding properties or dealing with heavy traffic.

The program uses a driving simulator for much of the training (the only such simulator in this part of Florida). The simulator allows students to drive on a variety of road terrains and conditions. This ensures safety for students in various training scenarios, such as jack-knifing, skidding or unexpected collisions with other vehicles or pedestrians.

The eight-week training includes 320 hours of instruction, meets Department of Transportation regulations, and eventually provides Class A and Class B driver’s licenses to graduates.

For information about the new CDL program, contact Mark Vianello, MCPS’s executive director of Career & Technical Education at 352.671.6868 or Mark.Vianello@marion.k12.fl.us

To learn more about tuition assistance for eligible students through CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion, call 352-873-7955, ext. 1118 or 800-746-9950, ext. 1118.

The program is supported by CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion, Mid-Florida Regional Manufacturers Association, the Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership, Capri Furniture and R + L Carriers. Marion County is already home to large distribution centers including FedEx, Chewy and AutoZone, among others.