The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is looking out for veterans and military families. The agency announced July 3 that $1 million in grant money will be awarded to help train these two deserving groups for jobs in the transportation industry, mainly focusing on commercial vehicle driver training.
Newly appointed U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Fox said of the grants:
“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. 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.”
As part of its Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator Safety Training (CMVOST) program, the grants could provide training for as many as 300 students and will be awarded to the following 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
Currently, commercial truck driving is already a high-demand job, with another 300,000 jobs expected to open up by 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
“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,” adds Anne S. Ferro, FMCSA administrator. “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.”
As further evidence of its dedication to our nation’s veterans, the FMCSA finalized its commercial learner’s permit rule in May, 2011 which gives state driver licensing agencies the right to waive the skills test portion of the commercial driver’s license test for applicants who experienced two years of safe driving in military equivalents of commercial motor vehicles. The U.S. Department of Transportation website provides more information about veterans’ opportunities.
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