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HCC's vehicle-transportation program receives $75,000 grant

October 07, 2012

Hagerstown Community College’s commercial vehicle-transportation program received a $75,000 grant from the U.S. Department 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 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 the program in 1995.

Since that time, more than 1,600 students have completed the training.

Following program completion, HCC students have 97 percent success on the Commercial Driver’s License 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 program offers training for Class A and Class B commercial driver’s 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 go to www.hagerstowncc.edu/truck-driving.

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