FMCSA makes grants to colleges for veterans to get CDL training

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has awarded $3.1 million to community colleges and training institutes through the Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator Safety Training (CMVOST) Grant Program. These grants will assist current and former members of the armed forces who want to pursue careers in trucking to get commercial driver’s licenses and the training they need to enter the profession.

“Veterans know how to get things where they need to go safely. At a time when our supply chain depends on having more qualified truck drivers, this program will give those who have served in uniform a new and important way to contribute, and benefit, by launching a new career in this vital industry,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. 

The CMVOST grant program has three goals:

  • to expand the number of CDL holders possessing enhanced operator safety training
  • to provide opportunities for current or former members of the United States Armed Forces (including National Guard members and reservists) and their spouses to enter trucking or bussing
  • help increase training opportunities for candidates from underserved communities, as identified in the President’s Executive Order 13985.

In FY 2022, FMCSA paved the way for a broader range of institutions to apply for CMVOST grants as the agency did not require applicants to propose a local matching share of funding. This expansion will allow more qualified candidates from across the country to more easily be able to afford the training and licensing needed to join the trucking profession.

A list of CMVOST grants can be found here.