School Bus Driver Classes Offered in Ashe County, Watauga Drivers Can Be Certified With This Course


School bus driver training will be offered at the Ashe County Early Learning Center in West Jefferson June 22-24. Classes run from 8:30-3:30 each day.

Watauga County residents wishing to become school bus drivers for the Watauga County Schools can complete their training at this Ashe County location.

Anyone who is not a current Watauga County Schools employee must have a recommendation from the principal or assistant principal at the school where they want to be hired before attending the class.
“We encourage everyone who is interested in being a school bus driver to obtain the required recommendation and attend these classes,” said WCS Transportation Director Jeff Lyons.

A school bus driver training class must be completed in order to receive the license (CDL) required to drive a school bus in North Carolina. The starting pay for school bus drivers in Watauga County is $13.32 per hour.

Each student’s driving record is screened through the NC Division of Motor Vehicles the first day of class. In addition to the driving record check, a criminal background check is conducted of all prospective school system employees before they start work.

Each student should bring their driver’s license, social security card, a pen or pencil, and a highlighter to the first meeting.


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