Government program aims to train, place vets as truck and bus drivers

Learn more about the grants offered by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Government program aims to train, place vets as truck and bus drivers

If you are a veteran looking for a job, the United States government has a program to help you become employed.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) this week announced it has awarded $1 million in grants to nine technical and community colleges to help train returning military veterans for jobs as commercial bus and truck drivers.  

“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 U.S. 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.”

The funding is provided through FMCSA’s Commercial Motor Vehicle - Operator Safety Training (CMV-OST) grant program.

“These unique grants are designed to help recruit, train and place veterans and their spouses in good jobs that are in high demand and in an industry that is vitally important in keeping our national economy moving forward,” said FMCSA Acting Administrator Scott Darling. “Graduates of these training programs are continuing to serve our nation by ensuring that the goods and products we depend on are delivered professionally, efficiently and, most importantly, safely.”

FMCSA awards CMV-OST grants to organizations that provide truck driving training, including accredited public or private colleges, universities, vocational-technical schools, post-secondary educational institutions, truck driver training schools, associations, and state and local governments, including federally-recognized Native American tribal governments. The funds are used to recruit, train, and provide students job placement assistance after graduation.

The 2014 FMCSA grants announced will provide training for nearly 400 new students. 

The organizations receiving the awards are:

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

To learn more about the Commercial Motor Vehicle - Operator Safety Training Grant Program, visit http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/grants/cmv-operator-safety-training-grant/commercial-motor-vehicle-cmv-operator-safety-training.

To learn more about the Military Skills Test Waiver Program, visit http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/registration-licensing/cdl/Military-CDL-Waiver.aspx.

To learn more about the U.S. Department of Transportation's dedication to veterans, visit http://www.dot.gov/veteranstransportationcareers.