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San Jacinto College
News Release
Wednesday, November 02, 2011

San Jacinto College receives grant to allow more students certification for truck driving jobs

PASADENA, Texas — Recognizing a growth in available truck driving jobs, San Jacinto College (SJC) now offers free training for students who qualify for a new U.S. Department of Transportation grant.

The nearly $100,000 Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) training grant will fund tuition and fees for 48 students over the next year. Its purpose is to attract qualified applicants into the professional field of truck driving in the greater Houston area. Overall job opportunities are expected to increase for truck drivers, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, with approximately 291,900 new jobs created by 2018.

The SJC truck driving program enjoys a 100 percent job placement rate upon successful completion of the six-week truck driving course and passing of company background checks.

"I've been waiting for this for 18 years," said SJC truck driving instructor, John Stephens. "There are jobs out there that need qualified truck drivers. But until now, there has been no financial aid for the truck driving program. This is why a grant like this one is so important to our students and our program."

The overall goal for the grant is to increase the number of CMV operators within the state of Texas. Each student approved for a scholarship will receive $2,050 for the hands-on course in safety awareness/training for the truck driving work force. 

"This is a wonderful opportunity for people to come here, obtain free training, and receive a job," said Bryan Suarez, SJC Central Campus department chair. 

The CMV program at San Jacinto College is a part of the Continuing and Professional Development division, which offers noncredit program options for work force training. Weekday and weekend truck driving class schedules are available. For an application, and for more information about this grant, visit Grant Student Application.doc.

About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. The College, an Achieving the Dream Leader College, is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 students in over 140 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career preparation. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. Our graduates contribute nearly $630 million each year to the Texas workforce. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.

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