Southeast Alabama Works holds distribution cluster meeting

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Published: Apr. 4, 2019 at 4:54 PM CDT
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Leaders in the distribution industry met to identify work-force needs and find solutions.

Southeast Alabama Works held the distribution cluster meeting Wednesday.

Their biggest challenge is finding qualified CDL drivers.

There is a huge shortage but they're already working on solutions.

One of those solutions is partnering with Enterprise State Community College to start a commercial driver's license program at the Alabama Aviation College. The 6-week course is offered 8 times a year.

Business and Industry Relations Manager for Southeast Alabama Works Katie Thomas said, "That we can reach a younger generation, and then we can start planting those seeds about careers distribution truck driving at an earlier age, so we can continue to increase the flow of qualified people in the industry."

They hope to expand the program to other colleges.