Recent legislation changed the ability of students that do not have a high school diploma or GED to access federal funding for training. These students were previously permitted to take an “ability to benefit” test and still receive funding, however this exception was eliminated. At the request of several accredited schools, this week CVTA Executive Director Mike O’Connell will be meeting with the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities to discuss the substantial impact of this provision on students that wish to train as truck drivers and how this restriction might be addressed legislatively. Mike will also be discussing the impact of the proposed FMCSA rule which specifies accreditation and establishes a specific number of hours of training. The Proposed Rule will also have a major impact on both accredited and non-accredited schools.