ATLANTIC CITY – Scholarships are now available for the first 15 Atlantic City residents to enroll in the future Bader Field Trucking School.

The Board of Directors of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority recently approved a $75,000 grant for the Ernest Trans Trucking School, enough to cover tuition of approximately $5,000 for up to 15 students.

The authority also approved a $210,000 loan for the school to purchase three truck cabs and trailers.

Scheduled to open in late July, the school will use the vehicles in preparation for its Class ‘A’ commercial driver’s license exam.

“We teach them how to be safe,” said Ernest Trans school owner Lorenzo Smith with Atlantic City High School classmate Umar Shannon. He said with a full trailer, the trucks can be about 72 feet long and weigh up to 80,000 pounds. “We teach them how to do certain maneuvers… backing into docks, backing around various pieces of equipment.”

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In addition to learning the techniques of the road in the parking lots of Surf Stadium at Bader Field, there is work in the classroom. After 160 hours of instruction, instructors may allow students to take their road test with the DMV, Smith said.

The program is enrolling 20 students in its first class, Smith said, and four spots have already been filled.

Anyone interested in applying can inquire with Ernest Trans School through their website. A Class D license, the basic state driver’s license, is required to register.

“These are two local boys who have done well and they want to come back and give back to their community,” Mayor Marty Small Sr. told the CRDA board.

In other cases, the state agency authorized the receipt of grants from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities for two new electric vehicle charging stations at the Atlantic City Convention Center garage and to replace the six charging stations of the Wave Garage which are no longer in place. nowadays.

The board approved spending of up to $1 million over two years as part of Spectra Venue Management’s agreement with Environmental Design Inc. for as-needed consulting services on the convention center and Boardwalk Hall, as well as an 18-month contract of up to $1.125 million with Masterpiece Design for advertising services.

CRDA also extended a one-year, $116,000 contract with CTM Media Group to distribute the Atlantic City Visitor Map and the Atlantic City Restaurant Week Map and awarded a grant of economic development of $100,000 over three years at Absecon Lighthouse to support tourist destination operations during the off-season.

The authority has also signed various grants to support community events and entertainment in Atlantic City, including:

• Up to $200,000 to the Chicken Bone Beach Historical Foundation for the production of 10 jazz concerts at Kennedy Plaza and three more at Browns Park;

• Up to $50,000 per year for three years to the Jewish Community Center of Atlantic County to support the Atlantic City Race Series in 2022, 2023 and 2024;

• Up to $278,893 to JudiLudi Productions to produce and market the “Broadway on the Boardwalk” shows at Kennedy Plaza;

• Up to $182,896 to the National Rhythm and Blues Music Society to fund the free summer concert series at Gardner’s Basin;

• Up to $186,200 to Ton Mary to present the 2022 Summer Concert Series – Mardi Gras AC at Kennedy Plaza.