Century College awarded grant for veterans’ job training in transportation

Century College is one of six colleges in the country that has been awarded a federal grant to help train veterans and military families for jobs in the transportation industry.

Century will receive $120,000 from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Century plans to train 30 current or former members of the United States military and their spouses during the 2013-2014 academic year so they can earn their Commercial Driver’s Licenses. The four-week training program conducted at the college’s state-of-the-art Transportation Training Center in Afton.

The program provides 180 hours of classroom education, hands-on practice and individual over-the-road training. In addition, students receive job-placement services to successfully connect them with living-wage jobs in the trucking industry.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists commercial trucking as a high-demand job, with more than 300,000 additional positions expected by 2020. The median average wage for truck drivers in Minnesota is $18.72 an hour, according to a 2012 report by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic

Development. Trucking is among the top 10 job-growth industries in Minnesota, the report says.

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