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CDL test site launches to combat transportation gap

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Butler Testing Site celebrates the launch of a commercial driver’s license (CDL) examination testing site with a ribbon-cutting on Wednesday, October 20, 2021. The ceremony, at the Butler Tech Liberty Township Campus, honored the opening of the Butler Testing Site, known as BTS, which is in partnership with Butler Tech and is open to all CDL training providers for testing.

“Over the past year, we increased our training capacity in Butler County as well as opening a Batavia campus for additional training,” shared Nick Linberg, Executive Director of Strategic Programming at Butler Tech. “However, there was a four to six-week gap between the time drivers were finishing their training and when they could schedule a test. Our goal with partnering with BTS is to reduce that wait time to close the skills gap for CDL drivers in Butler County. Now our student wait time to be examined is under three days from completing the program, which has increased our passage rate and increased student career placement in the community.”

According to the most recent information available from the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, there are 73,200 commercial trucking jobs in the state. Butler Tech officials said there are 8,600 CDL driver jobs available in Ohio alone.

Butler Tech, among other local CDL training providers, offers a 5-week program to earn a commercial driver’s license. The goal of BTS is to accommodate testing immediately after completion of the training program.

“In order to meet the demand and to ensure the newly trained drivers are successful,” explained Linberg. “The entire timeline should take five weeks plus one day to test.”

For more information about BTS visit OhioCDLTesting.com

Ribbon-cutting & Butler Tech and BTS Alumni

Current Butler Tech CDL Students & BT Staff

Michael Berding, President of Butler Tech Board of Education

Project LIFE students & BT staff who served coffee for the event