Students get trucking: Minnesota schools, industry partner to train students to obtain CDL

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WILLMAR, Minn. — Jason Duininck has 20 jobs available right now at Duininck Inc. for applicants with a commercial driver's license.

He's concerned those jobs may not be filled.

His...

Levi Schimschock gives a thumbs up sign after his first behind-the-wheel experience driving a semi in a gravel pit north of Willmar. The Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City senior is part of a new class of 10 students in a program launched by Willmar Senior High School, ACGC, Ridgewater College and industry partners to equip students with skills to obtain a commercial driver's license. Carolyn Lange / Forum News Service
Levi Schimschock, left, watches as Jacob Olson gets behind the wheel in a simulation lab that replicates driving a semi. Olson, a senior at Willmar Senior High School, and Schimschock, a senior at Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, are part of a class of 10 students in a new program based in Willmar to equip students with skills to obtain a commercial driver's license. Carolyn Lange / Forum News Service
Commercial driver’s license instructor Corky Rollins, right, reacts as Levi Schimschock, a senior at Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City Schools, makes a maneuver during a simulation of driving a semi. Carolyn Lange / Forum News Service
Levi Schimschock, left, gets some last-minute instruction from Corky Rollins before driving a real semi for the first time last week. The behind-the-wheel experience that began in a gravel pit north of Willmar is part of a new class to equip students with skills to obtain a commercial driver's license. Carolyn Lange / Forum News Service
Corky Rollins, a commercial driver's license instructor, gives advice during a student's attempt at driving a real semi for the first time. Carolyn Lange / Forum News Service
Corky Rollins, CDL instructor. Carolyn Lange / Forum News Service
Levi Schimschock, a senior at ACGC, drives a real semi for the first time as part of a new class. Carolyn Lange / Forum News Service
Dayna Latham, training and outreach manager, at Ridgewater College. Carolyn Lange / Forum News Service
Jason Duininck, from Duininck Inc. Carolyn Lange / Forum News Service

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