A commercial drivers license program has been in the research phase Clinton Schools Superintendent Curt Nettles for several months and now it is looking like a program could be starting up in Clinton as soon as next semester.
Nettles indicates Richland Community College is the likely partner for that. He indicates this will likely be an after school or even summer program for initial students.
According to Nettles, the program could evolve to the point where students take courses during the school day. He says they have several programs in place like that already.
Once students pass the coursework, they get their permit and then have six months to go take the test to get their license. Nettles explains getting students experience behind the wheel is something the district likely cannot provide.
The state does not put requirements on permit holders to obtain a certain amount of hours behind the wheel but Nettles says there are some trucking companies that might.
He wants Clinton High School students who want to do this to be as prepared as possible.