CNM Ingenuity Launches Commercial Driver’s License Scholarship Program for Military Members and Underserved Communities

The program is being fund by a grant from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration within the U.S. Department of Transportation
March 05, 2024

Starting immediately, CNM Ingenuity will launch the Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator Safety Training (CMVOST) grant, which is designed to empower underserved populations across New Mexico.

The grant, which is funded by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration within the U.S. Department of Transportation, is specifically tailored for individuals from diverse backgrounds, including military members, people of color, and refugees. It offers them the chance to obtain their Commercial Driver's Licenses (CDLs) and pursue rewarding careers in the transportation sector.

“Every day, we all count on food, clothing, medicine, and other goods that reach us thanks to truck drivers,” said FMCSA Acting Deputy Administrator Sue Lawless. “With these grants, we are proud to help New Mexico bring more well-trained drivers into the trucking career field, strengthening communities across the state and our nation’s supply chains for years to come.”

Through strategic collaborations with industry leaders, CNMI is committed to ensuring the grant is provided to those who need it most. CNMI is also excited to assist former members of the U.S. Armed Forces, including National Guard and Reservists, as well as their spouses.

All grant recipients will go through comprehensive training but also gain access to career counseling, job search assistance, and a wealth of job placement resources through CNM's Workforce and Community Success Career Center. Leveraging CNM’s extensive network of industry partners, including Swift Transportation, Werner Enterprises, and Pepsico Logistics Company, participants will have access to diverse employment opportunities upon program completion.

The CNM Ingenuity CDL Program offers an intensive five-week accelerated learning course covering all aspects of safely operating commercial tractor-trailers. Led by experienced instructors and utilizing cutting-edge simulation technology, the program ensures participants are equipped with the skills and knowledge needed for success.

To accommodate learners' schedules, training is offered seven days a week, with morning and afternoon classes available. Classes for the Class A Training Program will be held monthly from January through November, and this grant is funded to support 37 learners over three years, providing ample opportunities for registration.

By investing in underserved communities and providing them with the tools to thrive, the CMVOST grant will foster broad economic empowerment and build a resilient, inclusive workforce for New Mexico.

Transform your future by applying today at and embarking on a fulfilling career in the transportation industry!