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Aiken Tech offers new CDL course to train future trucking industry workforce

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As the trucking industry continues to see a demand for commercial truck drivers, Aiken Technical College (Aiken Tech) has partnered with Ancora Training (Ancora) to meet this workforce need by offering a new CDL Class A tractor-trailer course.

“Trucks are the backbone of America's economy. Every year, trucks move nearly $800 billion in total freight revenue, which represents more than 80.4 percent of the nation’s freight. The most recent estimates from the American Trucking Association show a shortage of more than 78,000 drivers. The CDL-A ATC training will prepare the workforce to meet those demands,” said Athena Freeman, Director of the Office of Continuing Education at Aiken Tech.

“It is an honor to be working with Aiken Tech,” said Natalie Williams, Vice President of Client Operations at Ancora Training. “A professional CDL course is an essential part of any college’s workforce development offerings, as it’s a viable career path for those who might not want to pursue a traditional degree. We are looking forward to training Aiken Tech’s adult learners,” Williams continued.   

The course will be offered during the day and evening this fall. Day sessions will last four weeks, with students meeting Monday-Thursday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Upcoming day session start dates are September 18, October 16, and November 13.

An evening session will also be offered, with the class starting September 18 and lasting nine weeks. Students in the evening session will meet Monday-Thursday from 5:30-9:30 p.m.

Course dates for the spring will be added in the future.

The course will be offered at no charge for South Carolina residents, thanks to various grant funding sources; for out-of-state residents, the fee will be $4,800. To get started, those interested should contact Ancora by visiting

During the course, Ancora instructors will provide students with practical, hands-on experiences driving tractor-trailers and teach them critical skills such as equipment inspection and maintenance, road and safety laws, defensive driving, and trip planning.


About Aiken Technical College

Aiken Technical College is a two-year comprehensive college located in Graniteville, South Carolina. Founded in 1972, the College provides educational and workforce development opportunities through academic programs, continuing education, and corporate training services. Visit for more information.


About Ancora

Ancora Education is a leading workforce solutions provider addressing America’s labor gaps through innovative and technology-driven technical education training programs specializing in healthcare, IT, business and skilled trades including CDL truck driving and other custom solutions. Ancora Education owns and operates six private, post-secondary school brands with 22 campus locations across the nation and offers focused training programs with corporate, community college, and government agency partners. Ancora Education network schools include: Arizona Automotive Institute (AAI), Berks Technical Institute (BTI), Edge Tech Academy, McCann School of Business & Technology, Miller-Motte College (MMC) and South Texas Vocational Technical Institute (STVT). Workforce solutions are provided by Ancora Training and Ancora Corporate Training. Learn more at

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