ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany Technical College is strengthening its commercial truck driving and diesel programs.
Dozens of Albany leaders gathered as the school introduced the Albany Transportation Academy.
School leaders said there is a nationwide shortage of CDL drivers and diesel technicians.
The program is designed to make sure Albany and its industries don't suffer the loss.
It's designed to increase the number of good workers in South Georgia.
The new program will allow students to get their certificates in the programs quickly.
"We've enhanced the programs. We're emphasizing work ethics, we're emphasizing the fact that the students are warranted when they graduate. We are fast-tracking the application process, giving them a separate admissions track," said ATC President Dr. Anthony Parker.
Several different entities in South Georgia are helping with the program.
On Thursday, P&G's plant manager surprised everyone with a $10,000 check to the ATC Foundation to help with scholarships for students.
Other partners include Raven Transport and Southern Ag Carriers.
The HOPE grant and HOPE Career grant will pay full tuition for Albany Transportation Academy programs.