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Gates Chili, BOCES 2 celebrate graduation of CDL training class

Gates Chili Central School District congratulates the eight recent graduates of the Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES Center for Workforce Development Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Training class. The district was pleased to provide a school bus for hands-on driving experience for the students. It hosted the graduates at the Transportation facility on July 1 for a ceremony.


The class represents an innovative workforce development partnership to address a shortage of drivers in our region. Through funding provided by the Monroe County Industrial Development Corporation (MCIDC), up to 80% of the program costs were covered for participants. The class, which began in April, is the third CDL class offered through this partnership. Altogether, the program has an 86% employment placement rate in the industry.


Another CDL training class will begin in September. There is still an urgent need for drivers in the field, especially in local and regional driving employers such as bus drivers, medical transport drivers, and delivery service drivers. These employment opportunities are both full-time and part-time.


Please contact for more information on Gates Chili’s Transportation department, and visit for more on the Center for Workforce Development.


 Two men in front of school bus, gesturing, in conversation

Photo courtesy Jordan Kirkpatick