Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg in Lehigh Valley to announce veteran training program at LCCC, check on LVIA progress – The Morning Call
U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg made two stops in the Lehigh Valley on Tuesday, checking on the progress of the Lehigh Valley International Airport expansion project before meeting with students and faculty from the training program at the commercial driver’s license from Lehigh Carbon Community College.
Buttigieg, who was joined by U.S. Representative Susan Wild, announced that community colleges across the country, including LCCC, would be part of a $3 million program to train military veterans. The LCCC grant would pay tuition for 30 military veterans and five people from underserved communities to take truck driving training, obtain their CDL licenses, and then help them land jobs as truck drivers.
“We owe it to them to make sure that when they return home they can get the training they need to get well-paying civilian jobs, especially at a time when we need more skilled commercial vehicle drivers,” Buttigieg told the large group. faculty, students, and local officials, noting that soldiers and sailors from the Lehigh Valley have served their country since the Revolutionary War.
Funding for the program comes from the Infrastructure Investment and Employment Act which was passed in November.
Earlier, Buttigieg and Wild had a tour of the LVIA expansion project which will help speed passengers through the airport security checkpoint.
In July, Buttigieg announced a $5 million grant to the airport to pay for the construction of a new four-lane Transportation Security Administration checkpoint that will more than double the current passenger screening volume of 300. per hour to 740 per hour. The project is expected to be completed in 2023.
“The money we get now can go directly to this long overdue and much needed TSA project mandated by the TSA. the traffic we have,” Buttigieg said. “It’s pretty exciting stuff that’s going to make a difference.”
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