JJC One of Seven Nation-Wide Recipients of Grant to Help Train Veterans as Commercial Truck and Bus Drivers

Joliet Junior College is one of seven technical and community colleges across the country to receive a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA to help train veterans and their families for jobs as commercial bus and truck drivers.  The funding is provided through FMCSA’s Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator Safety Training (CMVOST) grant program. louis-sanchez-veteran-cdl-driver

“These types of programs are just one small way in which we can show our appreciation and commitment to our nation’s veterans, and thank them for their brave service,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.  “These men and women represent the absolute finest of our country, and with the help of programs like this, they will be prepared to be some of the safest commercial drivers on the road.”

“As a designated military friendly school serving an area with more than 35,000 veterans, JJC is the ideal college to receive this grant,” said Director of Corporate and Community Services Amy Murphy. “Our CDL training program is providing veterans with another opportunity to learn a new skill set and increase their marketability as a job seeker.”

FMCSA awards CMV-OST grants to a variety of educational institutions 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.

JJC was the only institution in Illinois to receive the grant, which totals $159,800.

“One of the greatest things about this program is that veterans and/or their spouse can receive this training at no cost,” Murphy added. “Our instructors establish a rapport with their students and genuinely care about their success. In addition, they have a vast amount of knowledge and real-world driving experience so they are able to provide students with high-quality instruction.”

The Commercial Motor Vehicle – Operator Safety Training Grant Program was established by Congress in 2005 through the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act – A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) to expand the number of commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders possessing enhanced operator safety training to help reduce the severity and number of crashes on U.S. roads involving large trucks and buses.

Success story: Veteran Luis Sanchez completes the CDL program under this grant in 2013

To learn more about JJC’s CDL program, visit www.trainingupdate.org/career-training/cdl/

To learn more about FMCSA’s veteran initiatives proposed by the FAST Act, please visit https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/fastact/veteran-drivers.

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

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