The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced almost $1 million in new grants to help train veterans and military families for jobs in the transportation industry. The grants will enable colleges to increase enrollment in commercial motor vehicle training programs and provide job placement assistance for veterans and their spouses.
The grants were awarded to six colleges across the country as part of the Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator Safety Training (CMVOST) grant program. FMCSA awarded the following CMVOST grants, which could provide training for as many as 300 new students across the six colleges:
- Grays Harbor College in Aberdeen, Wash., $131,041
- Long Beach Community College District, in Long Beach, Calif., $211,733
- Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College in Orangeburg, S.C., $150,000
- Lone Star College in Woodlands, Texas, $184,260
- Century College in White Bear Lake, Minn., $120,000
- Joliet Junior College in Joliet, Ill., $176,427
“The least we can do for the men and women who put their lives on the line for our country is to help ensure they can find good jobs when they leave the service,” said Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx. “The transportation industry provides a unique opportunity for military families and veterans to utilize skills they developed in the service, and we hope these grants will lead to more veterans joining the ranks of our country’s commercial vehicle drivers.”
The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists commercial trucking as a high-demand job, with more than 300,000 additional positions expected by 2020.
In May 2011, the FMCSA finalized its commercial learner’s permit rule, which gives state driver licensing agencies the authority to waive the skills test portion of the commercial driver’s license test if the applicant demonstrates two years of safe driving experience in military equivalents of commercial motor vehicles.
“These grants represent one of the many steps the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has taken to help veterans as they move from military to civilian life,” said FMCSA Administrator Anne S. Ferro. “From allowing states to consider military experience in their licensing tests to supporting industry job fairs, we are committed to helping our veterans transition into quality jobs.”
To learn more about FMCSA’s commercial truck and bus safety grant programs and other safety initiatives, visit the FMCSA website at www.fmcsa.dot.gov.
To learn more about the veteran training waiver visit http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/registration-licensing/cdl/Military-CDL-Waiver.aspx
To learn more about the U.S. Department of Transportation's programs for veterans, visit http://www.dot.gov/veteranstransportationcareers.