LCCC Receives Grant to Support Veterans in CDL Careers

published Friday, September 27, 2019
The U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, has awarded Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) a grant through the Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator Safety Training (CMVOST) Grant Program for the second year in a row. The one-year grant, in the amount of $100,000, will allow the college to offer free training to former and current military service members and their families  in careers as commercial truck drivers. A total of 23 scholarship opportunities will be awarded through this grant through September 2020.
 
Funds from the grant will expand the number of CDL holders possessing enhanced operator safety training to help reduce the severity and number of crashes on U.S. roads involving commercial motor vehicles. The grant will also assist current or former members of the United States Armed Forces (including National Guard members and Reservists) and their spouses or children to receive CDL training and job search support in order to gain employment in the commercial motor vehicle operation industry.
 
Commercial truck driving is considered a high priority occupation in the region and offers strong employment possibilities and family sustaining wages.
 
The CDL program at the college teaches the knowledge and skills drivers need using a combination of classroom, driving range and on-road training. The four-week program is offered in partnership with CC Training, LLC. Experienced instructors help prepare students to take and pass their state’s Commercial Driver’s License test.
 
Classes are offered 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the driving range at the college’s Schnecksville campus. Weekend classes are also available.
 
For more information on LCCC’s CDL Training program, contact Jack Bruer 610-799-1704 or jbruer@lccc.edu., or visit www.LCCC.edu.