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CVTA’s President & CEO Responds to President Trump’s Plan to Cut $1 Billion in Grants for Workforce Training

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. – May 23, 2017 – Today, CVTA President & CEO Don Lefeve issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s FY 2018 budget and urging members of Congress to support funding for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA) at authorized levels.

“We are disappointed by the Trump administration’s proposal to drastically cut Workforce Innovation and Opportunities (WIOA) Act grants by nearly $1 billion. WIOA is a critical funding source, which allows thousands of individuals to receive the education and training needed to enter in-demand careers like commercial truck and bus driving.

The trucking industry is facing a driver shortage and cuts to programs like WIOA will further exacerbate this problem. WIOA grants help Americans acquire the training needed to obtain a commercial driver’s license, gets people back to work, and keeps our nation’s economy moving forward.

CVTA looks forward to working with Congress to ensure that WIOA is fully funded as authorized.”

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About CVTA 

The Commercial Vehicle Training Association (CVTA) is the largest association representing commercial truck driver training programs in the United States. CVTAmembers represent nearly 200 training providers in 42 states and trains over 50,000 commercial drivers annually. Advancing the interests of trucking’s workforce providers and employers, CVTA advocates for policies that enhance safety through commercial driver training, enable students to secure employment within the trucking and bus industries, thus further advancing driver professionalism. 

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CVTA
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CVTA Applauds California’s Transportation Committee’s Bipartisan Effort to Reduce Skills Testing Delays

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. – April 25, 2017 - Earlier today, CVTA President & CEO Don Lefeve issued the following statement about the California Assembly Transportation Committee’s passage of A.B. 301 that would work to resolve the states’ commercial driver license (CDL) skills testing delays.

“Yesterday, the state of California took a giant step towards reducing the time it takes an individual seeking a commercial drivers’ license (CDL) to secure a testing appointment. By unanimous passage of A.B. 301, the Transportation Committee recognized the need to reign in excessive and unnecessary skill testing delays in California. In some locations, the reported wait times can exceed 60 days. We believe this bill, and the committee’s action, puts the focus on reducing barriers for students seeking jobs.

CVTA would like to Assemblymembers Freddie Rodriguez (D-52nd) and Jim Patterson (R-23rd) and the other co-sponsors for their leadership. Together, they reached across the aisle to provide a common-sense solution to a statewide issue that will lead to more jobs and a better economy.”

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About CVTA

The Commercial Vehicle Training Association (CVTA) is the largest association representing commercial truck driver training programs in the United States. CVTA members represent nearly 200 training providers in 42 states and trains over 50,000 commercial drivers annually. Advancing the interests of trucking’s workforce providers and employers, CVTA advocates for policies that enhance safety through commercial driver training, enable students to secure employment within the trucking and bus industries, thus further advancing driver professionalism. For more information, visit www.cvta.org 

Media Contact
Kristine Gager

Director of Communications

CVTA

703.642.9444 ext. 104
 
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CVTA Applauds New Jersey Legislatures for its Bipartisan Effort to Reduce Skills Testing Delays

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. – February 7, 2017 - Earlier today, CVTA President & CEO Don Lefeve issued the following statement about the enactment of New Jersey’s law to solve commercial driver license (CDL) skills testing delays:

“Yesterday, the State of New Jersey took a giant step towards reducing the time it takes an individual seeking a commercial drivers’ license (CDL) to secure a testing appointment. The legislation signed into law means the Motor Vehicles Commission (MVC) will establish a pilot program that allows third parties to conduct the CDL testing in addition to the MVC. By allowing third parties to test, New Jersey joins 40 states that currently embrace these public-private partnerships. As other states have demonstrated, these partnerships significantly reduce CDL testing delays and save the state money. It is a ‘win-win’ for students, businesses, and government.

CVTA would like to thank the following state leaders for their bipartisan effort: Republican Lieutenant Governor Guadagno’s Red Tape Commission, Senators Oroho (R-24th) and Bucco (R-25th), as well as Assemblymen Burzichelli (D-3rd) and Dancer (R-12th). Together, they reached across the aisle to provide a common-sense solution to a statewide issue that will lead to more jobs and a better economy.”

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About CVTA

The Commercial Vehicle Training Association (CVTA) is the largest association representing commercial truck driver training programs in the United States. CVTA members represent nearly 200 training providers in 41 states and trains over 50,000 commercial drivers annually. Advancing the interests of trucking’s workforce providers and employers, CVTA advocates for policies that enhance safety through commercial driver training, enable students to secure employment within the trucking and bus industries, thus further advancing driver professionalism. For more information, visit www.cvta.org.

Media Contact
Kristine Gager
Director of Communications
CVTA
703.642.9444 ext. 104  
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.