HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — Tidewater Community College received a nearly $150,000 grant to train military veterans and their spouses to become commercial bus and truck drivers.
The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) awarded TCC the grant. Over three years, the college has received more than $457,000 for this program.
The grants will provide training for nearly 400 students throughout the nation, including 35 at TCC. It supports free training and placement of veterans and their spouses in one of the highest in-demand industries in Hampton Roads, where the average truck driver is more than 50-years-old and approaching retirement. The grant is administered at TCC by its Center for Military and Veterans Education (CMVE).
TCC is the only technical and community college in the state to receive this funding, provided through FMCSA’s Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator Safety Training grant program.