Akron held a lottery drawing Tuesday that 651 residents wanted to win.
At stake was free commercial driver’s license (CDL) training — and the potential for a job down the road.
City officials drew the names of 48 residents who will be given the chance to participate in the new program. Akron received 815 applications and whittled the list to 651 after disqualifying those who didn’t meet requirements, such as living in the city.
Some of the rejected applicants thought they actually were applying for a job, with a few listing that they already held CDLs.
By the end of this week or early next week, the city’s Personnel Department will contact the 48 residents in the order that their names were picked. If any of those people are unable to participate in the training, the spots will go to 20 alternates whose names also were drawn, Deputy Service Director Phil Montgomery said.
“I thought it went fairly smooth,” he said of the lottery.
The first training program is expected to start in mid-November, with the second in early spring.
The training is being offered to prepare residents for trucking jobs that will be needed with the city’s massive sewer overhaul project. Those jobs will be posted at a later date, Montgomery said.