CVTA’s Statement on the President’s FY 2017 Budget

For Immediate Release

February 11, 2016

Cindy Atwood

Alexandria, Virginia - Commercial Vehicle Training Association's (CVTA) President and CEO Don Lefeve released the following statement on the President's FY 2017 Budget Request:

"CVTA applauds the President's Budget for its commitment to fully funding the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). WIOA enables thousands of Americans to acquire the training needed to obtain good paying jobs in trucking with high quality carriers. WIOA grants are a critical source of funding which help individuals afford the schooling and high quality training needed to become a professional truck driver. We look forward to working with the Administration and Congress in the coming months to ensure that WIOA is fully funded and more Americans are able to receive the training they seek from CVTA schools.

"While we work on the federal level, we are also focused on helping Governors and Workforce officials better understand the impact that the current driver shortage is having on the economy, both locally and nationally, and the importance WIOA grants can play addressing the shortage by supporting Americans looking to secure commercial driver training.

"CVTA is committed to policies which enable students to receive funding to attend school, and we are equally committed to addressing policies which prevent students from entering the workforce in a timely fashion."