October is seeing colder weather around the state of Alaska. Winter is coming! With Covid-19 we must all work hard to social distance, wear a mask and keep healthy. As always, KPDI is taking all safety precautions to keep our students safe. Our 1:1 training ratio means we can limit group sizes and sanitize regularly. Social distancing is also utilized at our school whenever possible.
Graduate Report: In September we had 12 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. 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 CDL programs are one to one training every day. We are currently training three students per day.
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 December 2020. 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 October 10th. This class is full. 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:
Thursday, October 1, 2020
Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Thursday, October 8, 2020
Tuesday, October 13 , 2020
Thursday, October 15, 2020
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Thursday, October 22, 2020
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Thursday, October 29, 2020
This week new TWIC Cards are arriving about a week 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.