The goal of the Driver's Education program is to teach young people to be safe and responsible drivers. To achieve this goal, the CAIU offers Classroom Instruction and Behind-the-Wheel Instruction as part of the driver education services.
The Driver’s Education classroom course is now offered on-line. Enrollment for the 30-hour course is simple: just log on to www.caiu.keystodriving.com. Students can complete the course requirements at a pace suitable for their schedule. Upon completion of the course, a certificate will be issued to the student. The on-line Driver’s Education course is approved by the PA Department of Education and the PA Department of Transportation.
The learning experiences presented through practice driving in a real car in everyday traffic are experiences necessary to develop a safe and efficient driver. CAIU offers two options for Behind-the-Wheel instruction.
Option 1 involves a written agreement between the Intermediate Unit and an individual school district. The district agrees to allow the students to participate in the Behind-the-Wheel (BTW) training provided by CAIU employees with no financial obligation on the part of the district. The students/families are obligated to pay the applicable fee. The service is provided at various locations, depending on the district.
Option 2 involves a written contract with an individual school district. The district agrees to pay for the Behind-the-Wheel training provided by CAIU employees to the eligible students in that district. The service is provided at the contracting district's site.
For either option:
- Schedule varies according to availability of the students
- BTW instruction occurs in 1-hour increments
- 6 hours of instruction are required
* Special note to parents and students regarding current program waiting list lead times
At present, student interest and participation in our program is running at a very high volume. Upon receipt of a student's paid registration form, it is likely that they will not hear from an instructor for about 8 to 10 weeks to begin scheduling behind-the-wheel sessions. While this lead time is long, it does give students plenty of time to begin logging their required hours of behind-the-wheel experience with parents. Additionally, if they have not taken a classroom drivers education course in school, it also gives them time to complete our 30-hour classroom theory course which is highly recommended.