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chris rider school student
30 years ago, Chris sold his motorcycle to buy his wife’s engagement ring. Finally ready to get back on a motorcycle, he turned to HCC’s Rider School for a refresher course.

Chris Zahlis initially viewed the Basic Rider Course as a pathway to licensing. As he learned more about the course, he quickly realized how valuable it could be for someone who was trying to get back into riding motorcycles. Regaining, and adding to, his motorcycle knowledge and comfort was a no brainer.

Chris learned about The Rider School at Howard Community College (HCC) while researching licensing requirements through the MVA website. As a Columbia resident, Chris thought the location was super convenient and his “overall confidence with HCC made it an easy decision.” For 15 years, The Rider School has helped thousands of residents get their Maryland motorcycle (Class M) license through MVA-approved training.

Chris was really impressed by the three instructors (one for classroom, and two for the practical field work) for the course. “Each instructor exhibited both knowledge of and passion for riding motorcycles. They achieved the right balance between teaching us key concepts and giving us space to get comfortable riding.”

Another perk of The Rider School is that students don’t need to own a motorcycle to take the class, they have the option of using an HCC-provided bike. Chris liked the class so much that he plans to take the Advanced Rider Course now that he has his own motorcycle. He encourages anyone interested in riding to “come to the course ready to learn, not exhibit what you already know. A refresh of the basics is a good idea for any complicated and/or risky endeavor.”

After completing the Basic Rider Course, Chris is finding great pleasure riding his new motorcycle (Honda ST 1300), even if just to and from work. “I take the long way home a lot!”

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