DOT Grants Will Train Veterans for Trucking Careers

The Department of Transportation is looking to community colleges to train truckers as part of a longstanding grant program.
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  • The latest round of Department of Transportation grants to train truck drivers include community colleges across the United States.
  • The grant program trains veterans and their spouses for jobs in the trucking industry.
  • The U.S. has in recent years struggled with a national truck driver shortage.

With truck drivers in short supply nationwide, the U.S. Department of Transportation is delivering millions to colleges to train veterans in the profession.

The Department of Transportation this month announced $3.1 million in grants to community colleges and training institutes to help current and former members of the military get training for trucking careers. The funding is part of the Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Operator Safety Training Grant, which was set up by Congress in 2005.

The grant program aims to boost the number of commercial driver's license (CDL) holders with enhanced operator safety training, open up doors in the trucking industry for veterans and their spouses and boost opportunities for people in underserved communities.

“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,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said in a release.

Community colleges and training institutes that received grants this year include:

  • Advanced Technology Institute, $175,000
  • Central Georgia Technical College, $150,900
  • Collin Community College, $191,000
  • Commercial Driver Services Inc, $200,000
  • Community College of Baltimore County, $197,410
  • Des Moines Area Community College, $112,500
  • Global Trucking Academy LLC, $196,100
  • Hawkeye Community College, $132,359
  • Johnson County Community College$75,000
  • Klamath Community College$194,106
  • Lehigh Carbon Community College, $193,677
  • Lone Star College System District, $60,600
  • Nordic Enterprises, $198,429
  • Northwest Florida State College, $186,480
  • Tidewater Community College, $102,769
  • Truck Driver Institute of FL, Inc., $195,860
  • Truck Driver Institute, Inc., $195,860
  • Wor Wic Community College, $147,550
  • York County School of Technology, $194,400

The DOT grants were announced as states and the federal government are increasing investment in community college programs for workforce and infrastructure training.