CFCC grant to help veterans pursuing truck driver training

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A grant will assist veterans who are pursing truck driver training at Cape Fear Community College.

CFCC announced Thursday that it received a $97,607 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Officials said more than $50,000 will be available in scholarship assistance for veterans and active duty military seeking a commercial driver's license at CFCC. Spouses and children of service members will be eligible to apply for scholarships as well.

"Students can complete the Truck Driver Training certificate program in just ten weeks and a day," CFCC Dean of Vocational and Technical Education Mark Council. "The demand for licensed CDL drivers continues to grow, and this grant will help area veterans and their families to pursue a high-paying in-demand career immediately after graduation."

Funds from the grant also will support the hiring of a program-specific recruiter and job placement specialist, who will seek employment opportunities for graduates of CFCC's truck driving program.

"With the unemployment rate of North Carolina veterans at 4.5 percent and a great need — now, more than ever — for educated and qualified drivers, I see this as a great opportunity, one that will equip the workforce and mitigate an ongoing unemployment issue for our nation's heroes," said Al Gover, director of the truck driver training program. "Veterans are not new to Truck Driver Training at CFCC. Currently, seven of our Truck Driver Training instructors are veterans. It will be great to see them sharing their skills and experience with fellow service members who are pursuing a new adventure."

For more information on the truck training program and available scholarships, call 910-362-7320.

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