With a $139,833 grant from federal Department of Transportation, Northampton Community College will offer free job training to veterans at its Monroe campus in Tannersville staring in March.
The college will offer free commercial truck driver training to current and former members of the military, and their spouses and children, who reside in Northampton, Monroe, Carbon, Pike, Wayne and Lackawanna counties.
Members of the National Guard and the Reserves are included, as well as their spouses and children.
The grant will cover the $4,200 tuition for each enrollee. The only costs to students are the permit costs, which average $114, and the hazardous material threat assessment, which is $50.
Day and evening classes will run throughout the year.
Day classes meet Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. for six weeks. Evening classes meet Monday through Friday from 5-10 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., for eight weeks.
More than 1,500 people have completed NCC’s truck-driver training program, which has a job placement rate of 90 percent.