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Pace Bus pre-hiring program at South Suburban College

South Suburban College (SSC) and Pace Bus will host a pre-hiring event from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 15, to provide a free Class B Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) permit course for the next generation of professional bus operators.

During the event, applicants will complete a screening process in the MB Financial Bank Room on SSC’s Main Campus, 15800 S. State St. in South Holland, including application completion, an assessment questionnaire and a background check. 

All candidates must bring a valid Illinois driver’s license and a DMV or Secretary of State Motor Vehicle Report (MVR) (also called Driving Record Abstracts in Illinois) with no more than two infractions or tickets in the last five years. Candidates are responsible for the $20 cost of the MVR.

Assessment results will be available two to four days after the event. Afterward, candidates must complete an Illinois Department of Transportation physical and drug screening. Pace Bus will cover the cost of these screenings. Candidates who pass these screenings will be enrolled in a training course that will take place at SSC’s Main Campus. 

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The college and transportation agency will offer a customized two-week course to assist qualified applicants in obtaining their CDL permit. Qualified candidates who complete the two-week course will transition to six-week on-the-job training with Pace.

To remove financial barriers for students to pursue and complete the program actively, Pace will cover the costs of tuition, training, books, fees and other expenses associated with the program. In addition, SSC, in partnership with the Workforce Equity Initiative Grant, will provide a completion incentive for participants who complete the two-week course.

For more information, or to register for the CDL Class B licensure program with SSC and Pace, contact SSC’s Continuing Education Program at 708-596-2000, ext. 5723.

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