Madison City Schools to announce initiative to reduce statewide bus driver shortage

Madison City Schools to announce initiative to reduce statewide bus driver shortage
Published: Nov. 16, 2022 at 8:46 AM CST
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MADISON, Ala. (WAFF) - The Madison City School district along with the Alabama Community College System (ACCS) will announce a program Wednesday that will aim to ease Alabama’s school bus driver shortage.

According to John Peck with Madison City Schools, the district participated in a pilot program over the last year that helped train several drivers.

The event includes Eric Terrell, the Superintendent of Madison City Schools, newly trained bus drivers and Houston Blackwood, the Workforce Director of the ACCS innovation center. They arrived on a school bus driven by a recently trained bus driver for Madison City Schools to deliver the announcement.

The program that was announced is an online course and performance-based behind-the-wheel instruction course.

The training course will be free for local schools and trainees. It is free in part thanks to $10 million in funding that came from the legislature fro the ACCS Innovation Center and its Skils for success curriculum.

During the announcement, officials stated that they are currently working with over 100 local school systems to deliver training. The officials also said that 145 new drivers have already completed the training.

Trainees must pass a 15-hour theory course online and then behind-the-wheel training taught by a qualified instructor. Once all required tests are passed, trainees will receive their Commercial Driver License (CDL), Alabama School Bus Certification and an ACCS Credential.

For more information click here. Or reach out to Houston Blackwood at 256-412-3816 or houston.blackwood@accs.edu.