The Chisholm Trail Technology Center took the first step Monday to solve a problem in our area for obtaining a CDL truck driver license.

On February 7, 2022, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration implemented new regulations to obtain a Class A or B CDL. No longer are you simply able to take your written and driving test. You are now required to go through a training program.

Chisholm Trail Technology Center broke ground on a new facility that will include a 28 day course with 8 days in a classroom, and 20 days in the truck on the driving pad. Alan Bernhardt, a resident of Watonga provided a very generous land lease for 30 years on the 5-acre site, which included a building that they will be remodeling for a classroom. The property is located across the street from the Watonga airport.

CTTC stated, Pioneer Telephone has been committed to the project from the beginning and even made a donation to it. We will use Pioneer’s generous donation to put a fence around the range and gates up. Cimarron Electric has volunteered to put up lighting for the range as well. The partnerships, donations, and generosity have been great examples of people within our district pulling on the same rope to make this happen.

Central Technology Center in Drumright has partnered with CTTC to bring trucks and instructors over to the new location and teach the classes. CTC is the largest trucking school in the state and has taught CDL training for over 50 years.

Pictured L to R: Paul Hursh, CTTC BIS Director; Kim Grellner, Vice President of Marketing Sales and Service; Dan Craig, CTTC Small Business Manager; Blake Callaham, Pioneer General Manager; Jerry Kadavy, Vice President of Network Operations; Ronda Simpson, CTTC Principal; Kurt Thomas, CTTC Superintendent;, Loren Parham, CTTC Board Member; Jeff Hyatt, CTTC Board Member; and Chase Farrar, CTTC Board Member. Photo by All About Kingfisher.

Chisholm Trail Technology Center