About the CISPAC and Roy A. Hunt Driver’s Education Program

This program is an extension of CISPAC’s Workforce Development (WFD) Implementation in the Sto-Rox community. It is designed to both empower and inspire high school juniors, seniors, and post-graduates to launch a successful career through a regional high priority, high wage apprenticeship that requires a valid PA driver’s license to enter or complete qualifications.

Enrollment in this program is an all-encompassing path to securing your license. Over the course of 6 weeks, students will learn the theory of driving and will obtain behind-the-wheel training with certified instructors. CISPAC, in collaboration with the Cindy Cohen Driver’s Education School and backing from the Roy A. Hunt Foundation, will provide 6 hours of Behind-the-Wheel lessons, 30 hours of online theory, and transportation to and from your home for in-person instruction all FREE OF CHARGE to you. Transportation to and from your exam and a vehicle to take the test in will also be provided when you are ready to take your exam.

Program Qualifications

Is this program right for you? Our team is looking for up to 20 motivated students with a history of participating in career readiness programs, provided by our staff or another organization. We are looking for students who want to be responsible, want to learn how to communicate, and can show up on time ready to thrive and learn.

Above all, CISPAC knows how critical obtaining your license is to earning flexibility in your career path and future. Your education in this program signifies not just your ability to navigate Pittsburgh’s streets, but a dedication to self-improvement and goal seeking. That is why CISPAC is partnering with Focus On Renewal and creating new possibilities to bridge the gap between our regional workforce needs and students that have the desire and drive required to enter these demanding careers but lack resources or opportunity to qualify.

Requirements to enroll in the program:

  • At least a High School Junior
  • Completed or enrolled in one of the following workforce development programs:
  •  TANF
  • Learn & Earn
  • Focus On Renewal’s Pre-Apprenticeship programs
  • All other WFD programs will be subject to individual review.
  • Completed or enrolled in a qualified job training program or apprenticeship for a job requiring a driver’s license.
  • Completed Participant Application
  • Orientation attended
  • Physical from your doctor as required by PA Learner’s Permit Application
  • Family or friend sponsor who has a valid PA driver’s license, a vehicle, and is committed to helping you meet your qualifying 65 hours of driving (sponsor receives a small stipend!)
  • Signed agreement to adhere to all the rules and stipulations of the program.

If you are unsure if you qualify for the program or you need assistance in finding qualified workforce development or job training programs, please reach out to Sara Berg, program director, at scberg@cispac.org.

All costs associated with the driver’s education courses and transportation to and from lessons and exams are covered under this program. Participants will be responsible for licensing fees and exam fees paid to PennDot at the time of their test.

Program Dates

This 6-week program requires 2-sessions per week. In weeks 1-3, students are required to complete online theory instruction and participate in cohort check-ins. Weeks 4-6 will be behind-the-wheel driving lessons. All sessions will be held on Saturday mornings and one weekday evening determined by the cohort.


Summer Cohort: July 20 – September, 2021

Application Due Date – July 25th, 2021


Fall Cohort: October 12 – November 27, 2021

Application Due Date – September 24, 2021


Start Earning Your License Today

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If you have any questions about the program or its requirements, please contact program director, Sara Berg at scberg@cispac.org or 412-361-4945, ext. 202.