All-women CDL class aims to fill trucking industry needs


For the very first time Calhoun Community College is offering an all-women class to become a commercial truck driver.

College officials say trucking companies have been asking them to help fill the need for drivers. A 2015 study from the American Trucking Association reports the industry will be short 175 thousand drivers in the next six years.

In Alabama the average salary is over $47 thousand a year.

“We thought the best thing to do was to offer a class for women that may have been intimidated by the men in other classes to get in here with our instructor, Mary Smith, and work with her one-on-one,” said Workforce Solutions Project Manager Donna Bass.

Registration is open now and they’re trying to fill as many seats as possible. Find all the information here.

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