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Career Pathways CDL Training Program

Whenever Kendra M. talks about her participation in the YWCA St. Paul Career Pathways CDL Training Program, her eyes project a feeling of pride and accomplishment.

Kendra overcame fears of self-doubt and failure to earn her Class A license in December 2017. A few weeks later, she secured a job as a driver with a trucking firm, where she now drives a 53-foot trailer tractor.

As Kendra overcame challenges during her CDL training, she never imagined that she would become a role model for other women in a male-dominated industry. She regularly encounters women who see her driving a trailer truck around the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Inspiring those around her has inspired Kendra herself to take on more challenges. 

Kendra M., CDL training program graduate
I wanted to get my CDL license so I could make a better life for me and my daughter. Since passing the test, I have so much more self-confidence. I want to take on more challenges. The program showed me a lot about not giving up.
Kendra M.
CDL Training Program Graduate

YWCA St. Paul’s Employment & Economic Development programs empower men and women to build skills and overcome barriers to employment and self-sufficiency. Providing employment and training services, these programs help people to experience success and provide ongoing case coordination, training and support as individuals strive to gain new credentials, maintain employment or move from welfare to work.

After successfulling completing YWCA St. Paul’s Career Pathways Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Training Program, participants are qualified for good-paying jobs in construction, highway maintenance, transit and other in-demand industries. This program also has apprenticeship and employment opportunities through a training partner as well as child care financial assistance to help working mothers balance family duties and class time.

YWCA St. Paul has been working for racial and gender equity since 1907.

Our mission— eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice freedom and dignity for all—means that we break down barriers and provide services that strengthen and build up our community in areas characterized by significant racial and gender disparities: housing, income and employment, youth educational achievement, and health and wellness. 

How much does the program cost?
There is no cost to participants.

Where does the program take place?
Class B permit instruction takes place at YWCA St. Paul, 375 Selby Ave., St. Paul, MN; license instruction and experiential training occur at a local trucking school.

Who teaches the program? 
The CDL Training Program is taught by YWCA St. Paul staff and contractors with experience and knowledge of transportation-related industries

How often/how many hours is the program?  
New sessions begin monthly on a rolling basis. Classes for permit instruction meet Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to noon, for two weeks. The schedule for the license portion vary depending on the trucking school.

What jobs can I get after this program? 
After successfully completing training, participants are qualified for good-paying jobs in trucking, construction, highway maintenance, transit and other in-demand industries.

 Who is eligible for this program? 

  • Income at or below 200 percent of Federal poverty guidelines
  • Age 21 or older
  • Ability to speak and write English
  • Ability to pass DOT physical, drug screen and background check
  • Valid driver’s license for three years
  • Not a registered sex offender
  • Women and people of color are encouraged to apply

How will I find a job after this program? 
Participants in this program are supported by YWCA St. Paul employment specialists to find, apply for and maintain a job.

Do you help pay for child care, rent, or other household bills while I am in the class? 
YWCA St. Paul does not  provide financial support for participants in the program, however limited child care financial assistance is available through a grant for working mothers.

Does YWCA St. Paul provide Class A instruction? 
Class A instruction is periodically available for participants who already have a Class B license and have been driving for six months to one year. Please contact a YWCA St. Paul employment specialist to check availability.

Who can I contact with questions?
Please call 651-222-3741 or email careerpathways@ywcaofstpaul.org

CDL Training is offered on an ongoing basis. For more information, please call 651-222-3741 or email careerpathways@ywcaofstpaul.org.

To get started, complete the application: Career Pathways Program Participant Application

Submit completed applications to:
YWCA St. Paul
ATTN: Career Pathways Program
375 Selby Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55102

OR
Fax: 651-222-6307

OR
Email: careerpathways@ywcaofstpaul.org

CDL Program Graduate
Rhonda B., CDL training program graduate

When Rhonda B.’s two sons were old enough to be more independent, the stay-at-home wife and mother decided to pursue a long-time goal. In October 2016, Rhonda earned her Class B license through the YWCA St. Paul Career Pathways CDL Training Program.

While Rhonda had struggled with dyslexia and attention deficit disorder since she was a child, she is able to manage her conditions much better today and continued her training to earn her Class A license in April 2017. Rhonda’s new skillset led to several employment opportunities, and she is now one of the MnDOT truck drivers working hard to keep our roads safe.

I thought I would be good at driving a truck as long as I got the right training. The career change has been huge for me and my family. I have so much more confidence now. My life has changed a lot.
Rhonda B.
CDL Training Program Graduate

They Did. You Can. Get Started Today!

CDL Training is offered on an ongoing basis. For more information, please call 651-222-3741 or email careerpathways@ywcaofstpaul.org.

To get started, complete the application: Career Pathways Program Participant Application

Submit completed applications to:
YWCA St. Paul
ATTN: Career Pathways Program
375 Selby Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55102

OR
Fax: 651-222-6307

OR
Email: careerpathways@ywcaofstpaul.org