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JJC earns grant to help veterans get CDL training

JJC received a federal grant to train veterans through its commercial driver's license program.
JJC received a federal grant to train veterans through its commercial driver's license program.

Joliet Junior College received a grant to support its commercial driver’s license training program for veterans.

JJC will use a nearly $170,000 Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator Safety Training grant from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to implement its Driving America: One Veteran at a Time CDL Training program, according to a news release.

It will assist current and former members of the U.S. armed forces, including National Guard members and reservists and their spouses, to receive training to transition into the trucking industry.

“One of the greatest things about this program is that veterans can receive this training at no cost and the college provides assistance with job placement,” said Amy Murphy, JJC’s dean of applied arts, workforce education and training.

The CDL training program at JJC covers the cost of tuition, a drug screening and physical exam, and a CDL learner’s permit. Upon completion of the program, participants will receive a certificate and prepare to take the Illinois Class A road test.

For the fifth year, JJC has been selected as a recipient of the CMVOST grant to support CDL training for veterans. JJC serves an area of more than 35,000 veterans.

“This grant opportunity is one way to give back to the men and women who served to protect us,” Murphy said.

This comes as the transportation industry is seeing continuous growth. The job outlook for heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers is projected to grow 5% over the next decade, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

As demand grows, more truck drivers will be needed to keep supply chains moving, according to the bureau.

The four-week CDL training program is held at JJC’s Weitendorf Agricultural Education Center, located at 17840 Laraway Road in Joliet. Full-time day classes begin every three weeks. For more information or to apply, call 815-280-6902 or email cdlinfo@jjc.edu.

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