DOT Awards $1M to Community Colleges to Train Veterans as Commercial Drivers

The Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration this week awarded $1 million in grants to nine technical and community colleges to train military veterans for jobs as commercial bus and truck drivers.

The schools will use the funds to recruit, train and provide students job placement assistance after graduation. The grants will provide training for nearly 400 new students, according to the agency’s press release.

“Those that we entrust to protect and serve our nation deserve opportunities that utilize the skills and training they received on the job on military bases overseas and at home,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “We can think of none more appropriate to safeguard our highways as commercial vehicle drivers than the thousands of veterans who have already proven they can safely handle large vehicles under extremely stressful circumstances.”

Awards were made to the following schools:

  • South Florida State College, Avon Park, Fla., $58,003;
  • Joliet Junior College, Joliet, Ill., $165,800;
  • Century College in White Bear Lake, Minn., $91,080;
  • Crowder College, Neosho, Mo., $72,160;
  • Metropolitan Community College, Omaha, Neb., $47,614;
  • Northampton County Area Community College, Bethlehem, Pa., $134,400;
  • The Sage Corp., Camp Hill, Pa., $249,968;
  • Lone Star College-North Harris, Houston, Texas, $73,704; and
  • Tidewater Community College, Norfolk, Va., $107,271.
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