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The Susquehanna Career and Technology Center has been making progress on its new commercial driver’s license program for adults.

At the SCCTC’s Nov. 21 board meeting, SCCTC Director Alice Davis said the first coat of paving had been finished the previous Monday. Poor weather has held up this process.

Once PennDOT completes its inspection, lines can be painted for the testing area.

In early December, SCCTC administrators will meet with the occupational advisory committee for the CDL program again, which guides the career center in teaching the most up-to-date skills and industry standards.

The instructors hired to teach the CDL course have also met with the administration to discuss curriculum.

So far, Davis said 80 people have expressed interest in the program. The CTC can accommodate 12 students per class, which takes six weeks to complete.

“The need is out there,” she said.

During the meeting, the board also approved a list of occupational advisory committee members for several programs in the career center.

Davis shared that the cosmetology program offered free haircuts to veterans during the week of Veterans Day, and the welding program received a $2,500 grant from Williams Energy.

The career center’s Pink Out fundraiser also raised over $1,500 for the American Cancer Society.

The SCCTC has also applied for a competitive equipment grant.

If awarded, the matching grant would allocate $3,124 to automotive technology, $6,225 to criminal justice, $17,480 to welding and $5,470 to building/property maintenance for a total of $32,299.

The board also approved the purchase of a new Chevrolet Suburban, as the old one was totalled after an accident. Cuomo said it costs $41,500, but after factoring in insurance coverage, the SCCTC only needs to pay $25,791.

The SCCTC Board has another meeting scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m.