SAVANNAH — Savannah Technical College has partnered with the Georgia Driver’s Education Commission to offer scholarships for a driver’s education course. The state-approved Joshua’s Law course meets the requirements for anyone younger than 17 seeking to obtain a driver’s license.
The course, valued at $350, has been made possible by a $23,086 grant through the GDEC. The grant, which runs through June 30, will help finance driver’s education locally by providing classes with 30 hours of classroom instruction and six hours of behind-the-wheel experience with a trained instructor.
“Motor-vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers, and we are committed to providing students with the education and experience needed to avoid tragedy,” said GDEC Chairman Harris Blackwood. “This grant will help Savannah Technical College equip young drivers in the community to be safer when they get behind the wheel.”
Courses will be offered in Chatham, Effingham and Liberty counties. To be eligible, the student must be at least 15, have a learner’s permit and be a Georgia resident. Anyone who does not meet the qualifications but would like to attend may sign up and pay the $350 tuition.
The classes are limited to 15 students and will be filled on a first-come basis until the grant funding is used up. Completed registration, a copy of the student’s learner’s permit, and a signed waiver are required.
The first session will take place Dec. 21, 22, 28 and 29 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Crossroads Technology Campus, 190 Crossroads Parkway, Savannah. Priority will be given to students who self-register by visiting www.savannahtech.edu/DriversEd.