congratulated participants of the first “Road to Success” class, calling it a
prime example of Saint Paul’s
investment in initiatives that stimulate job creation. Standing with Assistant
U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary John D. Trasviña and City
Councilmember Melvin Carter III, the Mayor highlighted how this program
provides low-income residents with free
Commercial Drivers License (CDL) training and testing as well as access to employment
“With the support of
our partners, Saint Paul
is creating opportunities for job seekers in our community. These men and women
are receiving the training necessary to land a job and earn a good living wage.
We will continue to invest in programs like “Road to Success” to ensure equal
opportunities for every Saint Paul
resident,” Mayor Chris Coleman said.
The “Road to
Success" program is an exciting partnership between the City of Saint Paul, HUD, the YWCA
of Saint Paul, Neighborhood Development Center, Midwest Construction Group,
MBE, Inc. and the Greater Twin Cities United Way. The initiative is designed to
help low-income individuals train for and obtain a CDL. Currently, 50 low-income Saint Paul residents are enrolled. Upon
completion of the program, participants will be connected with resources and
employers to help them land jobs, many of which will be along the Central
Corridor Light Rail Line.
“The ‘Road to
Success’ program aligns perfectly with the work of our Promise Neighborhood
initiative, in that it creates an educational opportunity which ultimately
provides a direct connection to economic opportunity. This program also serves as an example of the
economic development we hoped would happen through Central Corridor light rail
construction,” Councilmember Melvin Carter said.
The program is divided in into two phases, with the first part
preparing participants to take the Class B CDL permit test. The participants also
learn about the commercial driving industry and positions available to
individuals with a CDL.
Phase two provides
participants with construction training and behind the wheel training before they
take their Class A CDL test. Participants will also have access to a $400,000 revolving
loan fund, helping to defray expenses associated with becoming an Independent
Truck Operator such as equipment, tires, license tabs and insurance.
“I haven’t had a job
in three years and it has been really tough. Right now I’ve passed three out of
four tests and am really excited to have this opportunity. I am glad someone
came forward to put together this program, and I can’t wait to find a job in
this field,” “Road to Success” participant Terry Sellers said.
People with CDL
licenses are qualified for a variety of jobs, including: Delivery jobs, bus driving,
construction equipment operation and food truck operation.