Wyden, Merkley: Klamath Community College Earns $199,988 in Federal Funds

U.S. Department of Transportation award will support students in the schools’ commercial driver’s license program

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that Klamath Community College has secured nearly $200,000 in federal funds to recruit and enroll veterans and current service members and/or members of underserved communities in the school’s commercial driver’s license program.

“This federal investment in students will lead to jobs in the region by supporting the career aspirations of students wanting to attend Klamath Community College,” Wyden said. “I’m glad the college has earned these federal funds, and I’ll keep battling for similar investments throughout the state that provide similar educational options for Oregonians working to pursue career opportunities.”

“Truck drivers keep goods moving across Oregon and the country,” said Merkley. “This critical funding will keep Klamath Community College at the forefront of training the next generation of commercial motor vehicle operators, ensuring community members have a pathway to a rewarding career and supporting local, good paying jobs.” 

The $199,988 award from the U.S. Department of Transportation is expected to produce at least 34 student drivers in the college’s commercial driver’s license program with a per-student tuition cost of $5882.

“KCC is proud to support our active duty and veteran community through the work of our Campus Veteran Resource Center Team and its Military/Military Spouse Friendly status,” said Dr. Roberto Gutierrez, President of Klamath Community College. “This CDL training provides a transition to employment for participants returning to civilian life in high-paying, living-wage jobs.”