On a continuous basis, we offer funding (up to $1,500) to eligible WOMEN and MINORITIES to help with the cost of CDL classes through the following state-approved Commercial Driver Training Schools:
For Commercial Driver Training School contact information, click here.
How to apply for our funding:
Review the eligibility requirements. You are eligible if you are:
A woman or minority;
At least 18 years old; and have
A valid Vermont drivers license.
- Decide which Commercial Driver Training School you want to attend. Use the links provided above to choose the school and training program that best fits your needs. Things you may want to consider are the location (some schools offer training in multiple locations), the days/times classes are offered, whether the school has a simulator on site, if they offer individual coaching and if they help with job placement. Some schools also offer language and literacy assistance.
- Complete an application and return it to Beth Meyer-Ehrich by email or mail.
- Complete the fillable application (works best on a computer)
- Get the print-friendly application
- Or contact Beth at (802) 828-2715 to receive a copy in the mail.
If your application is approved, the school will bill VTrans for half of the awarded amount when you earn your permit and the remaining amount when you earn your license.
These training programs provide the following services:
- CDL A:
A 148-hour (minimum) state-approved driver training program for entry-level tractor-trailer drivers.
- CDL B:
A 74-hour (minimum) state-approved driver training program for straight truck drivers.
Drivers holding Class B CDL licenses can receive training to upgrade to a Class A license by successfully completing a 74-hour (minimum) course.
All courses provide a combination of classroom, range and on-the-road instruction. Each of them help prepare prospective truck drivers for taking CDL written and skills tests. Classroom instruction includes topics such as defensive driving; logbook and hours of service; map reading and trip planning; vehicle inspection; and customer relation skills. Range and on-the-road instruction includes topics such as turning; shifting; normal and panic stopping; alley dock; safe backing skills; and conventional parallel parking. Vehicles are provided for students to take the CDL skills test. All tests are given at DMV test sites. Students are required to undergo a physical exam and drug screening by a nationally certified examiner.
For the purpose of diversifying the workforce in highway construction, the term "minority" refers to women of any ethnicity and men of a racial or ethnic minority group. The program is funded by the Federal Highway Administration and is a direct result of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, for the purpose of advancing non-discrimination and creating equal opportunity.
Not eligible for our funding? Need additional funding to pay for the course? Here are some other options you may want to consider:
- The Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC) gives out "non-degree grants" that can be used towards CDL training. Visit their website to learn more about grant eligibility requirements and how to apply.
- The Vermont Department of Labor's Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) programs may be able to provide some assistance. To find the nearest Career Resource Center where you can talk with someone about program eligibility requirements, click here.
For more information contact:
Civil Rights Program Manager
Tel: (802) 828-2715