Hampton - EASTCONN’s Driver Education program is now accepting students for summer classes. Two 38-hour Driver Education Full Programs are scheduled.
The first 38-hour Program is scheduledfor Monday through Friday, July 10 to July 28, 2017, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at EASTCONN’s Arts at the Capitol Theater (ACT) magnet high school, 896 Main St., Willimantic.
The second 38-hour Program is scheduled for Monday through Thursday, July 17 to Aug. 9, 2017, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at EASTCONN’s Quinebaug Middle College (QMC) on the campus of Quinebaug Valley Community College, 742 Upper Maple St., Danielson.
Subsequent classes will be held throughout the year, on a monthly schedule.
All youth under age 18 are required to take a Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV)-approved driver’s education course before they can obtain their Connecticut driver’s license.
EASTCONN’s Driver Education Full Program includes 30 hours of DMV-approved classroom instruction and 8 hours of behind-the-wheel driver training, providing students with a foundation in safe driving techniques, rules of the road and laws that pertain to driving in Connecticut.
A parental component teaches parents and/or guardians about new teen-driving laws and how to ensure that their children become safe drivers.
EASTCONN’s Driver Education offers highly trained, state-certified driving instructors; training vehicles equipped with the latest safety features; and an updated, user-friendly website, registration and payment process.
“Unique to our program is that our instructors were previously employed by the DMV and bring knowledge to our courses that goes well beyond their certification training,” said EASTCONN Coordinator of Security Don Skewes. “We also try to be very accessible to students and families by holding our classes at high schools in the region.”
In addition to the Full Program, EASTCONN offers other driver education services, including the 8-hour Safe Driving Practice Program, required by the State of Connecticut for teens and adults who have not previously held a Connecticut driver's license or who do not hold a valid license issued by another state. Also available are behind-the-wheel driving lessons and use of a fully equipped car and instructor to take students to their driving test at the DMV.
EASTCONN is a public, non-profit Regional Educational Service Center, which has been serving the educational needs of northeastern Connecticut schools and communities since 1980. Learn more at www.eastconn.org.