College launching vehicle safety program


Courtesy GRCC

Several municipalities are partnering with a local college on a safety training program for commercial vehicle operators.

Grand Rapids Community College’s Public Works Academy in launching the program in collaboration with the cities of Grand Rapids, Kentwood and Grand Haven and the road commissions in Kent and Van Buren counties.

Consistent with a national trend, these municipalities are experiencing a shortage of people who have completed proper safety training to be a commercial motor vehicle operator, GRCC said.

The partners will recruit adult learners for the new safety training, specifically current and former military members, their spouses and their children.

The 150-hour program will be offered in several formats, including weekend and evening sessions, to allow people to gain skills while maintaining their other commitments.

Potential employers will be involved throughout the training, answering questions, hosting site visits and conducting mock interviews. Students who complete the program are guaranteed at least two interviews.

Students will do their driving at GRCC’s Leslie E. Tassell M-TEC on Godfrey Avenue SW and at municipal- and employer-owned sites in the community. The municipal partners will provide equipment for the program.

GRCC received a $79,567 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation for the program.

Those interested in learning more, should email workforcetraining at grcc dot edu or call 616-234-3800. Information sessions will begin in November.

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