Driver training schools get grants from FMCSA

Thirteen truck driver training programs in 10 states will share some $2.3 million in grants from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

Federal grants aid driver training schools

Department of Transportation’s today announced the grants to help train veterans and their families for jobs as commercial bus and truck drivers.  The funding is provided through FMCSA’s Commercial Motor Vehicle – Operator Safety Training (CMV-OST) grant program.

“We support job opportunities for Veterans who have served our country, but not only because it is the right thing to do, it also makes good sense,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.  “One of the most important, fastest growing employment sectors is for qualified commercial vehicle drivers and Veterans bring invaluable experience to the industry and can enter the workforce quickly.”

The 2015 FMCSA grants were made to:

  • California – West Hills Community College District, Coalinga$199,460
  • Georgia – Central Georgia Technical CollegeMacon$146,771
  • Maryland – Cecil CollegeNorth East$101,825
  • New York – Erie 2 Chautauqua Cattaraugus BOCES, Angola$105,201
  • North Carolina – North Carolina Department of Transportation, Raleigh,$200,000
  • Ohio – Cuyahoga Community College District, Cleveland$195,040
  • Oklahoma – Central Technical Center, Drumright$200,000
  • Pennsylvania – Lancaster County Career & Technology Center, Willow Street$194,811
  • Pennsylvania – Northampton County Area Community College,Bethlehem$134,400
  • Pennsylvania – The Sage Corporation, Camp Hill$198,504
  • South Carolina – Orangeburg-Callhoun Technical College, Orangeburg,$197,399
  • Texas – Alamo Colleges/ St. Phillip’s College, San Antonio$196,680
  • Virginia – Tidewater Community College, Norfolk$199,879

“We doubled the amount we have previously provided through this grant program because of the important role qualified commercial truck and bus drivers hold in moving our economy forward,” said FMCSA Acting Administrator Scott Darling. “The men and women who complete these commercial driver training programs also serve our country in a vital way by making safety their top priority every mile, every day.”