Winter CDL Training Session Begins Dec. 30 at SUNY Canton


SUNY Canton is now accepting applicants for its winter Commercial Driver’s License Class A (CDL-A) training program.

The six-week program will begin Dec. 30 and is offered through the college’s Career Ready Education and Success Training (CREST) Center. Trainings include 10 hours of classroom learning, offered 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays, and more than 40 hours of hands-on driving experience. Each session is limited to four students.

Side view of CDL truck with SUNY Canton graphics.

The college uses a 2013 Freightliner Cascadia 125 as a training vehicle, which was purchased with assistance from the St. Lawrence River Valley Redevelopment Agency grant administered by the St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency. The semi-tractor trailer recently underwent a visual upgrade, and now features the college’s mascot, Roody Roo, clinging to the hood and bold SUNY Canton logos on the wind deflector and doors.

Courses are led by adjunct instructor Ryan Harrigan. Harrigan is a professional truck driver who worked for several area companies before joining SUNY Canton. He previously ran driver training courses through the Aim High driving school in Potsdam.

Truck drivers are in high demand in the immediate area. Local employers, including Renzi Foodservice, LeBerge and Curtis, Inc., Cazenovia Equipment Company, Inc., Ray Burns & Sons Trucking, Inc., and Pepsi-Cola Ogdensburg Bottlers, all are looking to recruit qualified drivers

When the December training session fills up, the CREST center will begin recruiting students for a March 3 CDL-A training session. More information and program requirements are available through the CREST Center website

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.