2021 is here! The new year is much awaited and hopes are high for more normalcy this year. COVID-19 cases in our area seem to be winding down. More jobs are opening up and local businesses are getting the support they need. CDL Drivers are needed more than ever in Alaska. This is the best time to get your CDL!
Graduate Report: In December we had 11 students complete their CDL Training programs and pass their road skills exams. Many of these students are returning to their jobs and earning a pay increase in Alaska. Students who are new to the industry can access our job portal as well as our office staff actively working with local companies seeking drivers.
CDL Training: Our Alaska CDL programs are one to one training every day. Our drivers are driving 600-1000 miles per course, therefore, You’ll get more seat time with KPDI!
Our Beginner CDL Training exceeds ELDT (Entry Level Driver Training) federal requirements. In leu of classroom instruction, our trainings are COVID-19 friendly with a CD-ROM based training to completed your classroom instruction. Currently, we are scheduling CDL Trainings for February 2021. Student housing is also available with private rooms.
Grant Funding: KPDI was approved for 2020-21 DOL STEP grant funding. Applications are available by request on our website and are reviewed by KPDI staff. We always encourage prospective students to contact DOL Career Support & Training Services (CSTS) for even more possible grant funding options.
New Driver Training: Our next new driver course begins on January 9th. There are spaces available for this class. IDEA & Connections Funding accepted.
Knowledge Exams: One of several exemptions that is still in place allows KPDI to proctor knowledge exams for CDL and Non-CDL drivers. This means you can take your knowledge exams with us without a special trip to the DMV. However, we do require an appointment for knowledge exams. There is no cost to students who are enrolled in a program with us. If you are not enrolled in a program, the cost is $10 per exam.
Fingerprinting Appointments: Set up an online appointment here or call 855-347-8371
Appointments and Masks are required for all fingerprinting appointments.
IdentoGo appointments for fingerprinting for TSA Pre-Check, HazMat Endorsement & TWIC cards are scheduled on the following days this month:
Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Thursday, January 7, 2021
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Tuesday, January 14, 2021
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Thursday, January 21, 2021
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Tuesday, January 28 2021
This week new TWIC Cards are arriving very quickly after enrollments. If you have a TWIC card required for your employment be sure to plan ahead and check your expiration date on your existing TWIC card. You can renew your TWIC card up to six months before the expiration date! New TWIC cards can take up to 30 days to arrive.
Administration and student support staff have limited office hours. CDL Training packets are available in the lobby of our office in Kenai.