SLATE Missouri Job Center, Partners Announces Skill Up St. Louis Challenge to Increase Training of CDL Drivers

From September 1 through December 10, SLATE will offer the 4-week Commercial Driver's License training program to eligible participants at no cost.

August 30, 2022 | 2 min reading time

Today, the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE) announces a new coordinated effort to increase the number of fully-trained and certified commercial drivers in the City of St. Louis through the rest of the year. From September 1 through December 10, 2022, SLATE will offer the 4-week Commercial Driver's License training program to eligible participants at no cost. The agency will provide students with career guidance and job readiness training, help purchase supplies, materials, and uniforms, and upon completion, will offer job placement assistance.

“At SLATE, we know the demand for truck driving training is strong among our customers because these are better-paying jobs, but many people cannot afford to pay for it,” said SLATE Executive Director Fredrecka McGlown. “Our partnership with the training providers will help us assist participants with their training needs and greatly enhance career and professional skills to help them stay gainfully employed for years to come.”

The St. Louis regional economy and services depend on the many commercial drivers delivering goods to the households, working the heavy machinery for construction projects, repairing roads, picking up refuse, and operating the city and school buses transporting citizens to and from work and school daily. At the same time, the truck driving industry offers workers careers with flexible schedules, job security, and a high earning potential for many positions.

SLATE is partnering with MTC, Roadmasters, and 160 Driving to provide expert CDL training to professional truck drivers every year. The program offers a combination of classroom lectures and hands-on experience for a skill set necessary for students to obtain a Class A CDL certification and apply for work with national carriers, municipalities and local contractors.

To participate, candidates must be at least 18 years of age, have a valid U.S. Driver's License, reside in St. Louis City or St. Louis County, and have a high school diploma or equivalency. If interested, individuals can call (314) 589-8000 to schedule an appointment or come to SLATE, located at 1520 Market Street, Ste. 3050, Missouri 63103. Our office is open Monday through Friday, from 8 am to 5 pm, except Wednesdays, from 9 am to 5 pm. For more information about SLATE, visit To apply for a position with the City’s Refuse Division, which includes a $3,000 hiring bonus, visit the City’s website.

Svetlana Bostick, Digital Media Producer, (314) 657-3522,

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