HCC truck driver program receives federal grant

(Release: October 1, 2012) -Hagerstown Community College’s commercial vehicle transportation (CVT) program has received a $75,000 grant from the U.S. Dept. of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The grant will be used to create scholarships, providing 50 students with a tuition/fees discount to complete HCC’s truck driver training program.
“The demand for skilled truck drivers remains very high,” said John Cavey, coordinator of HCC’s CVT program. “This grant will provide an opportunity for us to train even more drivers, who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford the tuition.”
HCC began offering its CVT program in 1995. Since that time, more than 1600 students have completed the training. Following program completion, HCC students have a 97 percent success on the CDL exam and an average 80 percent job placement rate.
“At D.M. Bowman, we are very aware of the shortage of professional truck drivers,” said Jim Ward, president. “The increase in new drivers that will result from this grant is important to us as a local employer, and significant to furthering the economic development of the region.”

HCC’s CVT program offers training for Class A and Class B commercial driver licenses. Students receive classroom instruction, experience behind-the-wheel truck driving, and log time on a driving simulator. HCC also offers a degree and certificate program in transportation management and administration. To learn more, call 240-500-2449 or visit www.hagerstowncc.edu/truck-driving.