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.
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.
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.
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.
want to make available these opportunities to let people, veterans in
particular, know about the opportunities in this industry," Chao said.
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
"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.
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
Click here to view the complete list of this year's CMV-OST grant recipients.
For more information, contact: Dave Pfiffner, (515) 965-7450, firstname.lastname@example.org