The Six Nations Driving School in Burns Lake will open its services for purchase to all residents beginning July 1. The school was previously run exclusively on grants to provide subsidized training for native residents.
“We have seen a very strong demand for driving school services in the region. We frequently receive inquiries about whether our service is available to non-natives, so we have decided to expand to start selling the course to everyone starting in the summer,” said Amber Poffenroth, Instructor of Six Nations Driving School. Lakes District News.
Poffenroth will be one of two instructors at the school along with Jessi Jack, who recently obtained her driving certificate. The Six Nations driving school was established in 2019, and plans for expansion would have arrived much sooner according to Poffenroth, but complications from COVID-19 have pushed plans back.
The driving school offers a combination of classroom training and driving lessons. The two-day classroom course of L training for a Class 7 license will be available for purchase, as well as the graduation program for a Class 5 license, which includes 32 hours of classroom training as well just driving lessons.
Regular road test prep driving lessons with no classroom component will also be available.
With the expansion, Six Nations Driving School will become the only ICBC accredited driving school available to all Burns Lake residents.
“I think it will do a great service to the community. As I said, we’ve noticed a real demand and I feel like we’re giving driving school access to a lot of people in the area who might not otherwise have it,” said said Poffenroth.
“I also think it’s really hard to function in a town like Burns Lake without access to a vehicle. The reality is that we don’t have the public transit system of a big city, so hopefully having easy access to driving school will be a benefit for a lot of people who need to get a license work, or things like that.
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