DES MOINES, Iowa — The John Ruan Foundation has given a gift to Des Moines Area Community College in an effort to train more truck drivers at the school.
The Foundation gave the school $100,000 to purchase another driving simulator for the DMACC Transportation Institute.
“It will help us getting the students more time on the simulator,” said Dave Pfiffner, Director of the Transportation Institute.
Students must attend classroom sessions for two weeks before they get behind the wheel of a big truck. The simulator is used in those classroom sessions.
“It really quickens the pace of learning and gives more of a comfort level,” said Pfiffner. “The first time you get in one of these trucks, if you’ve never driven one before, it can be a very trying time.”
“We are very grateful for this generous gift from the Ruan Foundation,” said DMACC President Rob Denson. “John Ruan was a leader and innovator in the transportation industry, he knew the importance of skilled, well-trained drivers.”
The donation to DMACC is part of The college’s “DMAAC Delivers” major gift campaign to raise $50 million for new facilities and scholarships.