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Midwest Technical Institute Now Offering CDL Training in Illinois

Midwest Technical Institute Now Offering CDL Training in Illinois

MAY 31, 2022: Midwest Technical Institute (MTI) is now offering a 25-day CDL Training Course at the Springfield, Illinois campus that prepares students to pass the state licensing exam and obtain a Class A commercial driver’s license (CDL) in Illinois.

The American Trucking Association reported the industry is short 80,000 drivers as of October 2021-a historic high. That shortage could rise to 160,000 by 2030. The report cites increased demand for freight, pandemic-related challenges from early retirements, and other factors as contributing to the increased demand for drivers and subsequently the shortage.

Obtaining a CDL to operate a truck is a prerequisite for all professional truckers. As of February 2022, a new law mandates all aspiring CDL drivers to complete a training program from a registered provider before they take the skills test. MTI is recognized by the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) as an approved ELDT (Entry Level Driver Training) provider.

“There is record demand for truck drivers across the nation, providing increased incentive for those considering a career in the truck driving industry. MTI has offered truck driving training at several of our campus locations since 2013, and we are excited to now offer the opportunity to Illinois. MTI’s instructors are prepared and ready to get our students on the road and into a new career!” Paul Schaefer, Regional Manager of CDL Operations at Midwest Technical Institute.

The CDL Training Course is a combination of classroom instruction and behind-the-wheel training on the range, where students will practice driving maneuvers. Students will also gain experience on the open road, preparing them to begin their career as a truck driver.

All MTI truck driving instructors are professionals who have worked in the field and bring their real-world experience to the classroom and the range. MTI’s CDL training classes put you in the driver’s seat and prepare you for life on the open road as a commercial truck driver.

The new CDL Training Course at the Springfield, IL campus is now enrolling! Start your CDL training as early as June 2022!

For more information, visit the CDL Training Course page on our website, or call 1-800-814-5124.

Media Contact: Paul Schaefer, Regional Manager of CDL

Phone: 309.427.2750 Ext.1222

About Midwest Technical Institute

Midwest Technical Institute (MTI) offers hands-on training in a number of career fields, including mechanical trades, allied health, truck driving and cosmetology*. MTI’s goal is to help students enter the workforce in an entry-level position within their chosen career field. Midwest Technical Institute, along with its sister school, Delta Technical College, operates six campuses across the Midwest and Mississippi Delta regions. For more information, visit

*Not all programs & courses are available at all campus locations.