Southwest Iowa Community College in Creston has been awarded part of nearly $5 million of funding to support new equipment and the creation or remodeling of driver training facilities. In the announcement, Governor Kim Reynolds says the funding is part of the state’s effort to expand training opportunity towards high-demand jobs in the state. With these new investments, the colleges’ CDL programs will be able to support an estimated total increase of 1,305 program participants in their annual class size.
Southwest Iowa Community College has been awarded $665 thousand to support the construction of an addition to the Agricultural Sciences Center to serve as an indoor pre-trip inspection area during inclement weather and serve as storage for the truck-trailer combination. Funding will also help the cost of concrete for the driving and skills range as well as a single cab semi-truck and flatbed trailer. SWICC says 60 individuals could complete their Class A CDL, and they estimate 40 individuals will earn their hazardous waste materials endorsement.
The proposal is intended to make it possible for an individual to complete the ELDT and associated competencies and testing within a 30-day period.