DMACC Transportation Institute Receives Federal Grant to Help Veterans Earn a Commercial Drivers License

Posted 8/25/2020

​​​This is the third federal grant the DMACC Transportation Institute has received in recent years

  • This grant, affectionately known as “Trucking with the Troops," covers 100 percent of the program costs to take the Class A CDL training program.

  • DMACC is one of 20 educational institutions nationwide to receive this funding.

  • Iowa Workforce Development projects more than 1,300 job openings each year for truck drivers in Iowa through the year 2024.​

The DMACC Transportation Institute has been awarded an $86,299 grant from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation, under the Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator Safety Training Grant program.

The purpose of the program is to help train veterans for jobs as commercial bus and truck drivers. DMACC is one of 20 educational institutions nationwide to receive the funding.

In announcing the federal grants, U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said truckers are great heroes, especially during this COVID-19 crisis.

They've kept the supply chain going. They've made sure the medical equipment and medicines got to where they needed to be. They've kept our store shelves stocked with food," Chao said.

She said there are good-paying jobs in the trucking industry.

“We want to make available these opportunities to let people, veterans in particular, know about the opportunities in this industry," Chao said.

DMACC Transportation Institute Director Dave Pfiffner said this “Trucking with the Troops" grant as it is affectionately known, will cover up to 100 percent of the program costs for individuals to take the seven-week class A Commercial Driver's License (CDL) training program.  He said this includes covering tuition, books, fees, equipment and DOT physical exam costs.

"Truck drivers are in demand and the need for drivers is expected to increase over the next several years," Pfiffner said.  “Iowa Workforce Development projects more than 1,300 openings each year for truck drivers in Iowa through the year 2024. Veterans and current service members from all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, including National Guard members and reservists, and their spouses and children are eligible to apply for funds."

Pfiffner said this marks the third time DMACC has received a Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator Safety Training Grant.  He said the first “Trucking with the Troops" program launched in 2018 and trained 17 individuals.  The second award in 2019 is currently in operation right now.

New sessions of the seven-week training program begin every three weeks year round.

Pfiffner said veterans interested in the grant program should call the DMACC Transportation Institute at (515) 965-7450. The Institute is located at 2081 NE 54th Ave. in Des Moines.

The DMACC Transportation Institute started in 1988 as a driving school, was founded in response to the needs of the transportation industry to provide quality education, training and retraining. 

To learn more about the DMACC Transportation Institute, please visit www.dmacc.edu/truckdrivingschools.

Click here to view the complete list of this year's CMV-OST grant recipients.


For more information, contact: Dave Pfiffner, (515) 965-7450, djpfiffner@dmacc.edu

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