ATC hopes to fill an industry void

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    Companies like Procter & Gamble and Raven Transport have noticed there is a truck driver shortage.

    Albany Technical College hopes by rolling out their enhanced programs they can meet this need.

    Steve Ray, the recruiting director at Raven Transport, says the next time you go to the grocery store think about how everything got there

    Ray says, "The last time you went to a grocery store you didn't see a train, plane or boat delivering to your local grocery store."

    Werhner Washington, the plant manager at Procter & Gamble, along with Ray have seen an increasing need for truck drivers.

    Washington says, "In the trucking industry, they lost 17,000 drivers. that number is projected to grow to about 126,000 by the year 2026."

    Ray says "It takes a truck driver to deliver your freight, it takes a truck driver to deliver your food, it takes a truck driver to go pick up the produce and deliver the produce. It takes 'em to pick up the Charmin, the bounty to pick it up and deliver it to a store."

    On Thursday, ATC rolled out their new Albany Transportation Academy to the community in a program at the Government Center.

    Dr. Anthony Parker, the President of the college says, "This is an opportunity to emphasize two programs where there are severe work force shortages, commercial truck driving and diesel technology."

    While the college has offered diesel technology since 1972 and truck driving since 1998, ATC says they're enhancing the programs.

    Parker adds, "We're emphasizing the fact that students have a warranty. For two years, they can come back and be re-trained at no cost to them."

    To apply for the program, visit ATC's website.

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