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Commercial Driver's License (CDL) for Private Career Schools and Public K-12 School Districts

The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) is committed to helping industry thrive in Washington State and to continue the development of a skilled workforce. The WA CDL Grant funds will support student access to education and training programs for helping industries that employ commercial drivers and school bus drivers fill critical employment gaps.

The WA CDL Grant was established to increase workforce development in trucking and trucking-related supply chain industries and the school bus driving industry. The Washington State Legislature provided initial funding for this purpose in the 2022 Supplemental Budget. Additional funding has been appropriated for the 2023-2025 biennium. A total of $1,000,000 per year will be available for PCSC/SD contracts in FY24 and FY25. The WA CDL Grant Fund is administered by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC).

Through the WA CDL Grant, SBCTC makes student financial assistance and enrollment expansion resources available through contracts with eligible Private Career Schools and Colleges (PCSC) and Public K-12 School Districts (SDs) that are selected through a competitive application process. PCSCs and SDs are responsible for administering student financial assistance and maintaining records pertaining to the use of WA CDL Grants. The CDL Grant Fund may be used exclusively to fund financial assistance for enrolled students and for specific expenses necessary to expand CDL training capacity.

Training Provider Eligibility

Private career schools and colleges (PCSCs) that have a license in good standing, are operating in the state of Washington, and are on the state Eligible Training Provider list (ETPL), may apply for WA CDL funds. PCSCs must have a physical presence in Washington to apply for these funds.

School Districts (SDs) in the State of Washington K-12 system that have a school bus driver training program may apply for these funds.


Carolyn McKinnon 
Policy Associate, Workforce Education

Danny Marshall
Program Administrator, Workforce Education


Important Dates

Milestones Key Dates (subject to change)
Application available in Online Grant Management System (OGMS) August 24, 2023

Application Webinar (participation optional)

August 28, 2023
Application due in OGMS September 11, 2023
Allocation begins October 2, 2023

2023-24 Program Resources and Guidelines

CDL PCSC Application Webinar

CDL PCSC Application Webinar (August 28, 2023, 10:00 – 11:00 AM) recording 

  • Session includes application details and tips for successful submission
  • Presenters: SBCTC JSP Program and Fiscal Teams


Important Dates

Milestones Key Dates (subject to change)
Application available in Online Grant Management System (OGMS) October 20, 2022
Question & Answer Period

October 20 through November 11, 2022

Application Webinar (recorded)

October 31, 2022
Application due in OGMS November 17, 2022
Allocation begins December 2022

2022-23 Program Resources and Guidelines

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Last Modified: 8/31/23, 2:38 PM

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