Northampton Community College will add seven trailers to its CDL training program thanks to a $73,975 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission. The college, located in Monroe, Pennsylvania, will also upgrade equipment like its advanced truck driving simulator.
The program currently rents trailers, so the grant will save the program money by allowing it to purchase its own trailers.
“The upgrade will allow us to have students practice shifting prior to getting into actual trucks without the stress of other roadway users. This is a safer way to build their confidence for the road,” said Tina Frindt, the college’s director of driving programs.
The program’s enhancements are expected to bring in close to 300 new students in the first three years of implementation, according to the college.