Northwest State Community College recently received a grant from the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) in the amount of $83,278 for the Commercial Truck Driver Student Aid Program. A total of 30 schools shared in the $2.5 million initial round of funding.
The ODHE announced a total of $5 million in funding is available through the program over the next two years, with a second round of funding forthcoming later this year.
The grant provides “critical financial aid to in-state students who complete a CDL program and agree to reside and be employed in Ohio for a minimum of one year upon completion. Students who earn a CDL with this award will help strengthen and grow this in-demand occupation and improve job growth for Ohio’s commercial drivers,” according to the confirmation letter from Chancellor Randy Gardner at the ODHE.
NSCC President Dr. Todd Hernandez said the the college is grateful to Governor Mike DeWine, Gardner and the state for this CDL program funding grant. “Truck drivers help keep America rolling by providing timely, safe and efficient deliveries across the country. As the need for qualified truck drivers continues to increase, Northwest State is ready to serve those interested individuals who are looking to enter this exciting career path.”
The grant funding will provide students with a combination of grants and loans to cover the full cost of the program, and the loan part is forgiven after the student is employed by an Ohio-based company for 12 months. Northwest State Community College currently offers CDL training classes for local companies and individuals throughout the region. The CDL Training Center, powered by Custom Training Solutions (CTS), is a five-week program designed to generate safety-conscious drivers, while providing more than the necessary skills and training for individuals to pass a CDL driver’s license exam.
For more information on the CDL program, please visit NorthwestState.edu/cdl or call 419-267-1332 today.