Four years (or more) in college isn't for everyone. It isn't even for most people. At the end of the day, a trade can be just as lucrative and satisfying, and the education for it can be way less cost prohibitive.

That is certainly the case with obtaining a Commercial Driving License (CDL), otherwise known as a Class A. This allows the driver to drive large trucks like 18-wheelers for a variety of industries. Many companies are looking to hire with sign-on bonuses, benefits and a pay grade that makes my mouth water.

According to our friends at Everything Lubbock, South Plains College will offer CDL classes beginning January 28th, 2019 at a cost of $4,995:

Class sizes will range from 12 to 18 students and will be from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, according to an SPC news release. The course will take about four weeks which should total 210 clock hours.

Students will be prepared for a written exam; receive range driving skills practice and street driving experience for Class A licensing; and be taught rules and regulations with the Texas Department of Transportation. Once complete, graduates will receive a certificate of completion and a commercial driving license, Class A.

Those who want more information on the school are asked to contact Jay Warnick, director of Continuing Education and Workforce Development at SPC, at 806-716-2547 or Kasey Reyes, administrative assistant with SPC, at 806-716-2341.

If this sounds like the career for you, go for it. Happy travels!