Coca-Cola United partners with Alabama Community College System to help meet truck driver workforce needs

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By Jamal Thomas

Montgomery, AL- Coca-Cola United donated two 18-wheelers to Alabama Community College System (ACCS) for CDL training to help meet truck driver workforce needs in Alabama.
 
“It’s all about economic development” Gianetta Jones, Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer, Coca-Cola Bottling Company United said. “It takes business and education.”
 
Susan Price, Vice Chancellor, Alabama Community College System says that the partnership with Coca-Cola has been very successful.
 
“Trucking is a multi-billion dollar industry in Alabama. Truck drivers and transporters contribute greatly to our quality of life, likely more so than any other industry” Price shared. “The need is great, and today’s donation will help expand our ability to allow more students access to real live training right in their communities.”
 
Through credit programs, non-credit programs, and the skills for Success Program, ACCS has trained more than 10,000 Alabamians in truck driving programs across the state.
 
Dr. Kemba Chambers, President, Trenholm State Community College is excited about the partnership with Coca-Cola United and how it will benefit the labor force in the truck driving industry. “Partnerships, resources and donations, such as this today provided by Coca Cola United will enable Trenholm State to enhance and expand our CDL program to train additional potential employees to enter their labor force and fulfill the truck driver shortage.”
 
Within the last year Trenholm State has seen a 25% increase in enrollment in its CDL Program.
 
ACSS is also celebrating its 60th Anniversary, called the Diamond Jubilee.
 
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