Over the last several months, folks at the Lane Education Service District have been working on a program that would fund driver ed training. This program could be particularly beneficial for rural communities like ours. We have received a grant from the ODOT Safety Division for Oregon residents.
The grant fully pays for tuition for the course. The course is 9 weekends long (both days) for a total of 18 days that includes classroom discussions, video presentations and hands on exercises. The only cost for participants is paying a $100 materials fee and a $10 criminal history check.
Successful completion of the course would make you an ODOT approved Driver Ed instructor. Every year thousands of Oregon’s teens become new drivers, and every year motor vehicle crashes are the No. 1 cause of death for teens aged 15-20. Oregon is facing a statewide shortage of ODOT approved driving instructors and fewer instructors mean more teens on the road without proper training.
Becoming an ODOT approved instructor is a nice way to make some extra income, it saves lives, and it helps parents. Questions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may go to http://triwou.org/projects/tse/scheduleofcourses for more information and to register for the series of courses that take place in Eugene, beginning in late October.