Gov. Kim Reynolds announced a new funding opportunity targeted to support commercial driver’s license (CDL) programs at Iowa community colleges. The Iowa CDL Infrastructure Grant will provide $5 million in grants to support the infrastructure of programs that train individuals working to receive their CDL. The grant program represents a further expansion of Iowa’s work to widen the pathway to obtaining a CDL. Earlier this spring, Gov. Reynolds announced $2.94 million in grants to support 46 employer programs that prepare drivers for meeting CDL requirements. The opportunity focuses on community college programs by assisting them with building, purchasing or remodeling CDL training infrastructure.
“Here in Iowa, we need to do everything we can to help get more skilled, qualified drivers on the road – and that work has to include easing the pathway to a CDL,” said Gov. Reynolds. “With this unique grant program, community colleges will have the opportunity to upgrade facilities, find more space, or purchase newer equipment to keep their program competitive while attracting the Iowans who can help meet the demand for drivers.”
Funding is open to Iowa’s community colleges, with priority given to applicants who have the ability to train and certify truck drivers continuously and in higher volumes. Funds will be administered as reimbursement and may be used for building, purchasing or remodeling CDL training infrastructure, which includes construction and remodeling provided by third-party vendors, purchasing of space for training and equipment (trucks for training purposes, simulators, monitoring devices, etc.).