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New Grant Opens Door for CVO Scholarships

November 6, 2018                                                                                                                                                    Contact: Darian Atkins                                                                                                                                              318-345-9265 (O)                                                                                                                                                      318-348-8991 (C)                                                                                                                    


LDCC recipient of Department of Transportation: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Grant

Monroe-Louisiana Delta Community College received a $112,941.18 Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) one-year grant. The goals of the grant are to:

  • Increase the number of well-trained commercial motor vehicle operators and reduce the number of crashes and severe accidents on the nation’s roads involving commercial motor vehicles
  • Provide active military service members, veterans and spouses who are qualified students with the opportunity to build a career as a commercial motor vehicle operator
  • Provide graduates with placement assistance

The need and growth for trained and safe truck drivers have a bright outlook in the United States with over four-hundred thousand projected job openings between the periods of 2014 to 2024. The projected annual openings in the United States are 40,450, while in the State of Louisiana the annual projection is an increase of seven percent with a projected 620 job openings annually.

In the Monroe Regional Labor Market Area, truck transportation is experiencing growth in both the short term with a 6.5% increase from 2015 – 2018, and in the long term with a projected 9.4% increase by 2024.

“According to the American Trucking Association, the driver shortage is already leading to delayed deliveries and higher prices for goods that Americans buy. The ATA predicts that it's likely to get worse in the coming years,” explains Dean Baugh, Executive Director of Economic & Workforce Development.

The national median wage for truck drivers is $19.87 hourly, $41,340 annually. For CMV operators hired by Louisiana companies, the median wage is $18.71 per hour, $38,920 annually. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016 wage data and 2014-2024 employment projections).

Monroe Regional wage data indicate that commercial vehicle operators earn comparably, with a mean wage of $18.84 per hour, $39,189 annually. The mean salary possible for CDL drivers in this region is higher than household average income for any of the twelve parishes included in Regional Labor Market Area 8 which includes population centers of Monroe/West Monroe and Ruston.

Commercial Motor Vehicle operators can earn a family-sustaining wage, but many individuals struggle to have all the resources needed for full training and required materials. The LDCC project will help a select number of individuals and/or veterans to access training through scholarships and other funds.

Says Baugh, “Considering about 51,000 drivers are needed to meet the national demand in the shipping/trucking  industry, LDCC is finding creative ways of making this 4-week training more accessible and affordable. LDCC being a “Veteran Friendly” college, what better way to combat the shortage but by funneling our country’s finest to the industry.”

For more information, call: 318-397-6189. Classes start soon!