KCC Obtains Grant From US Department Of Transportation To Serve Veterans
KLAMATH FALLS – Klamath Community College is pleased to announce that the college has received a grant of $ 141,000 to provide commercial driver’s license training to veterans.
Through this grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, KCC can provide scholarships to current and former members of the military, including members of the National Guard and Reservists, and / or their family members, who are enrolled in the KCC’s Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) program.
“The United States is experiencing a massive shortage of commercial drivers. Veterans who complete this comprehensive five-week CDL program will have opportunities in a demanded industry that pays living wages, in Oregon and across the country. The benefits of these scholarships will reverberate throughout the region, ”said Charles“ Chip ”Massie, executive director of outpatient programs at KCC.
Current and former eligible members of the military and / or their family members may be eligible to have the full cost of the program paid for through this grant. Participants in the CDL program receive training to drive on the interstate highway that encompasses neighboring Jackson County, Oregon, and the Interstate-5 corridor.
“The KCC CDL training program provides students – both in the classroom and behind the wheel – with enhanced safety training so that they are fully prepared for the challenges of safely operating a commercial motor vehicle in various conditions on rural, urban and interstate roads, ”Massie said.
KCC Commercial Driver’s License training focuses on safety and incorporates hazardous materials certification that improves student employability and driver safety. Program staff also provide job placement services to help students find employment in the transportation industry, helping to ensure a smooth transition to civilian life for those currently on active duty.
“This grant has the potential to help many veterans who may experience economic hardship during the pandemic. It will also provide a valuable skill that will serve veterans now and in the future with regards to economic stability, ”said Tracy Heap, KCC Director of Veterans Services.
For eight consecutive years, the Military Friendly Advisory Council has designated KCC as a “Military Friendly” school. KCC has also been named a “Military Friendly Spouse” school for the past three years.
To comply with federal regulations, a CDL driver crossing state borders or transporting hazardous materials must be 21 years of age or older, have no disqualifying criminal offenses, have passed a self-certified medical examination, have a current driver’s license and provide a driving history. . Students must register a total of 140 hours to complete the program.