Ivy Tech awarded $85,000 federal grant to offer free CDL training, increase road safety

WEST CENTRAL INDIANA – The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has awarded Ivy Tech Community College a Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator Safety Training (CMVOST) Grant, in the amount of $85,071, to offer free CDL-A training to West Central Indiana residents. The grant is intended to increase road safety and reduce crashes involving commercial motor vehicles on U.S. roads. Ivy Tech Community College is one of 20 educational institutions nationwide to be awarded a Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator Safety Training (CMVOST) grant for the 2020 fiscal year. 

Grant funding will cover 100% of CDL-A training costs, permit and license costs for 20 individuals. 

Residents of Clay, Greene, Knox, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion and Vigo counties are eligible to apply for training. Current and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces, including National Guard and Reservists, their spouses and children, will be prioritized for consideration.

“Ivy Tech is fortunate to receive a grant that will allow us to provide free job training, while also increasing road safety in West Central Indiana,” said Lea Anne Crooks, Chancellor, Ivy Tech Terre Haute. “The Terre Haute campus is well-positioned to offer this opportunity to military members, with six military installations within a 10-mile radius of campus. We plan to work closely with these organizations and our partners in workforce development to identify those in our community who will benefit from free training in one of Indiana’s most in-demand careers.” 

Training will be provided by Ivy Tech Community College Terre Haute and the Driving Dynamics Center for Transportation Safety program. Students will complete four weeks of full-time training, and 30-40 hours of one-on-one driving instruction at the Terre Haute campus. In addition, Ivy Tech will assist graduates with securing employment through its premier network of hiring companies, including national carriers, regional, and local trucking companies.

According to the 2016 Indiana Employment Outlook Projections study conducted by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development and STATS Indiana, the number of occupations requiring a CDL is anticipated to increase by 6.6% by 2026. In West Central Indiana, Commercial vehicle drivers are calculated as a five flame career, the highest-rank provided by the INDemand Jobs Indiana Flame Ranking system. In addition, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 24,861 heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers are projected to leave the occupation between 2016-2026.

The application for the free CDL-A training is now open at link.ivytech.edu/cdl. Questions can be directed to Sarah Seaton at sthomas154@ivytech.edu or 812-298-2482, or Rod Dowell at rdowell3@ivytech.edu or 812-298-2492.

About Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
FMCSA’s Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator Safety Training grant program awards grants to a variety of educational institutions that provide commercial truck and bus driving training, including accredited public or private colleges, universities, vocational-technical schools, post-secondary educational institutions, truck driver training schools, associations, and state and local governments, including federally recognized Native American tribal governments. A full listing of fiscal year 2020 grant recipients can be found at: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/mission/fiscal-year-2020-commercial-motor-vehicle-operator-safety-training-grant-awards

About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College serves communities across Indiana, providing world-class education and driving economic transformation. It is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering high-value degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities, along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.