CDL Training

Missouri Residents Get to Work with Free CDL Training


Missouri residents are getting to work with free CDL training through SkillUp. This free program helps Food Stamp (SNAP) recipients gain necessary skills to start a new career.

Missouri residents with active SNAP applications are eligible for free CDL training through Mineral Area College and MTC Truck Driver Training in Park Hills, Mo. The annual average wage for truck drivers in Missouri is nearly $69,0000.*

“We are thrilled to be heading into another year offering the SkillUP program. This is a great opportunity for local Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients to expand their skill sets with free training. By participating in this free, short-term training, individuals can gain the skills necessary to restart or begin their career. The Truck Driver training program has been especially popular with SkillUp participants due to the industry demand and great starting salary,” says Michele Shore, Director of Workforce Development, Mineral Area Community College.

“Utilize it, it’s free! You have the ability to get a well-paying job right after you finish training.”

Cassaundra Wickerham (2021 graduate)

Who Should Attend This Program?

Missouri residents who are at least 18 years of age, with an active SNAP application, a good driving record, and a valid driver’s license, are interested in starting a career as a truck driver.

About the Missouri SkillUp Program

Our four-week program is for individuals with little or no commercial driving experience. The program includes: 40 hours of classroom training and 120 hours of yard and skills training. In addition, students will work with a career specialist to help with job placement. Truck drivers are in high demand and pay continues to increase. Truck driver pay increased by 14% in 2020. Now is a great time to get your CDL.

Ready to get to work?

If you are a Missouri resident and believe you are eligible for free CDL Training through SkillIp, complete an online application below. New classes start every week to fit busy schedules.

*Pay based on ATA Compensation Study.


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