DMACC Transportation Institute

DMACC Receives DOT Grant

Posted 11/10/2017

​Grant will Help Train Veterans to Obtain a Commercial Driver’s License

Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) has been awarded an $88,460 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 overall purpose of the program is twofold:

  • To expand the number of Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) holders possessing enhanced operator safety training to help reduce the severity and number of crashed in U.S. roads involving commercial motor vehicles, and
  • To assist current or former members of the U.S. Armed Forces, including National Guard and Reservists, to obtain a CDL


“Our goal is to recruit, train and graduate 20 veterans from the DMACC Transportation Institute and assist them with career placement,” said DMACC Transportation Director Dave Pfiffner.  “The grant funds will help cover tuition, fees and other related costs to obtaining a CDL.  Both active military/reservists and veterans, as well as their spouses and children, are eligible for assistance.”

Pfiffner said DMACC’s Transportation Institute curriculum includes 180 classroom hours, 30 off-road hours and another 30-hours of behind-the-wheel training.

DMACC awards college credit for applicable military service and employs a full-time Veterans Services Coordinator.  In addition, the College has established relationships with many local employers and has a Pathway Navigator on staff to assist with job placement.

“We feel we were chosen to receive this federal grant on the basis of the quality and reputation of our CDL program, the cost per participant and our reputation for working with veterans,” said DMACC Grants and Contracts Director Deb Koua.

DMACC was one of nine institutions to receive this funding from across the country.

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