Pace removes financial barriers for students by covering the costs of tuition and other expenses associated with the Class “B” CDL permit course at South Suburban College.   -  Photo: Pace

Pace removes financial barriers for students by covering the costs of tuition and other expenses associated with the Class “B” CDL permit course at South Suburban College. 

Photo: Pace

Students and officials recently gathered at South Suburban College (SSC) to celebrate the successful partnership between Pace and SSC that helps find, train, and employ the next generation of professional bus operators.

The partnership provides students with a customized two-week commercial driver’s license (CDL) course that allows them to obtain their CDL permit and start their career as professional bus operators, according to Pace's news release. 

Five classes have already graduated, and 17 students are now working at Pace. 

Pace, SSC Provide Career Path in Public Transit

This partnership provides a pathway to careers in public transportation.

Pace removes financial barriers for students by covering the costs of tuition and other expenses associated with the Class “B” CDL permit course at South Suburban College. 

“Through our impactful partnership with Pace, we're not just training bus operators; we're forging paths to meaningful careers in public transportation," said SSC President Dr. Lynette D. Stokes. "This collaboration removes financial barriers, empowering individuals to pursue their professional journey as bus operators. Together, we're shaping a future where opportunities are created."

In December 2023, Pace and the College of DuPage announced a partnership to train the next generation of professional bus operators through a free CDL Class B commercial driver's license permit course.

The collaboration provides a path to employment by helping qualified applicants obtain their CDL permit through a customized two-week program before beginning paid training with Pace.

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