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Local programs help train drivers

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A couple of programs in Albuquerque are doing their part to help ease the trucker shortage.

Central New Mexico Community College recently started an expedited training program for aspiring drivers to earn their commercial truck driving licenses. The five-week program includes 142 hours of instruction over five weeks. In January, the college will also offer classroom sections online, allowing the program to be completed in less than four weeks.

The college began the course offerings at the request of several local large businesses, said Kyle Lee, CNM Ingenuity executive director.

“Truck drivers are in high demand in our state and across the country, and this accelerated program provides quick access to high-quality jobs,” he said. “… We’re responding to our economy’s workforce needs while providing people with a new pathway to good jobs.”

The cost of the program is $3,200. For more information, go to abqcdl.org/.

Roadrunner Food Bank’s Second Chances Job Training Program, which was started several years ago, provides classes and one to two months of on-the-job training from its Albuquerque warehouse.

The program aims to help veterans, people with disabilities and others who need additional training to secure employment. Candidates undergo a background check and interview process, and most of those who are accepted qualify for financial help to pay the class fee.

For more information, contact senior operations manager Candace Baca at 349-8837.

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