Limited Space Remains in SUNY Canton’s CDL Classes


Due to increased popularity, limited space remains in SUNY Canton’s commercial driver’s license (CDL) training program. The Career Ready Education and Success Training (CREST) Center is encouraging applicants to sign up early for upcoming classes.

Scheduled start dates for the program are May 13, July 1 and August 26. Each class is limited to four drivers. As a class reaches capacity, drivers can opt to enroll in the next available session.

SUNY Canton Driving Instructor Ryan J. Harrigan (pictured right) speaks with a student driver during an on-campus training session.

The six-week program consists of 10 hours of classroom learning from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays in addition to 40 hours of driving experience. Enrollment in each section of the high-quality training is limited to ensure drivers gain the required safety skills. Instructors have adopted COVID-19 prevention strategies for this course.

The college recently purchased a 2013 Freightliner Cascadia 125 to use as a training vehicle, with help from a St. Lawrence River Valley Redevelopment Agency grant administered by the St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency.

Local employers, including Renzi Foodservice, LeBerge and Curtis, Inc., and Cazenovia Equipment Company, Inc., have used the class as a means to recruit and train qualified drivers.

The program has also been approved to allow veterans to use their GI Bill benefits to cover tuition. For more information, including potential tuition assistance and registration details, visit the CREST Center’s CDL resource page. To contact the SUNY Canton CREST Center, email


About SUNY Canton

As Northern New York's premier college for career-driven bachelor's degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs, SUNY Canton delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, management, and healthcare fields. It is home to the Center for Criminal Justice, Intelligence and Cybersecurity. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY's leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 23 online degree programs. The SUNY Canton Kangaroos 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also features varsity esports and cheerleading.