Looking for a rewarding career? Ready to see the country in a thrilling new way? You’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re experiencing the open road as a commercial driver or mastering new skills as a diesel technician, exciting opportunities await in Alabama’s growing trucking industry.

Meet the Real Faces of Alabama Trucking

“Being able to help people is the best part about my job. I look at it as somebody needs something and I am able to deliver.”

ALEJANDRO IBARRA

PROFESSIONAL DRIVER

“To anyone looking to join the trucking industry, I say go for it! The community and relationship building are all there.”

DEVANTE CALDWELL

PROFESSIONAL DRIVER

“The most rewarding thing is the other truck drivers I meet, they are helpful, they look out for you and have your back.”

FELICIA ADU

PROFESSIONAL DRIVER

“I have a lot of opportunities in this industry to set goals and then beat them.”

GRANT CRABILL

DIESEL TECHNICIAN

“This industry is constantly changing, but everybody loves to help everybody.”

HALEY PANG

DIESEL TECHNICIAN

“Trucks move the country. Every store you go to has some type of delivery. You get a sense that you are doing your part by being in this industry.”

JOHN DEMPSEY

DIESEL TECHNICIAN

“If you want a hands-on work environment, this is definitely a great choice for you!”

KYLE RUDOWSKI

DIESEL TECHNICIAN

“It makes me proud to drive by a truck and know I fixed that truck! To see what it is supposed to be doing and functioning properly.”

TIMOTHY BIBB

DIESEL TECHNICIAN

“Just the smell of diesel in the morning...it's like my coffee.”

TRAVIS PUTNAM

DIESEL TECHNICIAN

Discover Your Calling

Jumpstart your career as a commercial driver or diesel technician in Alabama’s trucking industry.

Become A Commercial Driver

Enjoy life on the open road. As a commercial driver, you’ll be on the front lines supporting your community during critical times of need. You’ll keep the shelves stocked and the stores full. Jobs in this field are expected to increase 6% by 2030. Earn a strong salary, benefits package and bonuses while exploring new destinations. Take control of your career and be someone your community depends on.

Become A Diesel Technician

Do you like working with your hands as well as new technologies? Master new skills in the innovative field of diesel technology. Diesel technicians are essential to keeping everything up and running. You’ll maintain and repair diesel engines of trucks, semi-trailers and other heavy equipment and oversee all diagnostic tests on vehicles. You’ll also repair engines and transmissions, optimize steering and braking systems, and test drive vehicles for safety.

SEARCH FOR TRAINING ACROSS THE STATE

Ready to start your career in Alabama’s growing trucking industry? Enter your location and desired career path below to search for training opportunities near you.

Diesel Technician (DT)
Commercial Driver's License (CDL)
CDL + DT

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Montgomery, Alabama
ABOUT CAREERS IN HIGH GEAR

Through its Careers in High Gear initiative, Alabama’s commercial trucking industry is building its future workforce by advancing career opportunities and promoting skills development for aspiring drivers and diesel technicians. By attracting diverse individuals into the industry and supporting training and education initiatives, we aim to establish the infrastructure necessary to develop a sustainable talent pool of skilled and safety-focused professionals within Alabama’s commercial trucking workforce.

The Careers in High Gear initiative is sponsored by the Alabama Trucking Association and the Alabama Trucking Foundation.

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CDL of AL

Our instructors have years of experience and they do this because of passion. When it comes to pay, they could make a considerable amount more driving than training. But to them, it’s not about the money. They want to be here and they want to see you succeed.

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Wallace Community College - Dothan

This CDL Class A training course is offered online, using a self-paced and interactive learning approach. Upon completing the online part, students may participate in the course’s hands-on Behind the Wheel portion on campus. After each lesson, drivers must take a quiz and score 80% or greater. Launch a much-needed, skilled truck driving career that prepares you to take and pass the federal CDL test.

Contact: Joe Johnson, Director of Workforce Development

Phone: 334-556-2390

Email: jjohnson@wallace.edu

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Wallace State Community College - Hanceville

Enter a rewarding career in the trucking industry where qualified drivers and skilled employees are in high demand! This 160-hour program prepares individuals to sit for the commercial driver’s license (CDL) exam. The Diesel Technology program at Wallace State Community College provides the education and training needed to compete in the field of diesel mechanics. The program is popular with students and boasts outstanding job placement rates and numerous industry partnerships.

Contact: Ashley Baker, Workforce Enrollment & Outreach Specialist

Phone: 256.352.8386

Email: ashley.baker@wallacestate.edu

Contact: Wyatt Swann, Chairperson

Phone: 256.352.8063

Email: wyatt.swann@wallacestate.edu

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Wallace State Community College - Selma

Wallace Community College’s-Selma Commercial Vehicle Driving Course is an eight-week program that will help you develop the necessary skills needed to obtain a CDL Class A license. The program is designed to provide students an opportunity to acquire the basic skills, knowledge, and fortitude to become an entry-level employee in the commercial truck driving field. The curriculum is based on the Department of Transportation Model Program for Truck Driving Training. Upon successful completion of the program, the student will be able to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), operate a tractor-trailer unit, and be knowledgeable of the rules and regulations of the trucking industry. Careers in Gear Trucking Scholarship – Third party organization that provides scholarships for CDL Training programs. See details and application at Careersingear.com.

Contact: Robert "Rob" Lee, Director of Workforce Development

Phone: 334-876-9389

Email: robert.lee@wccs.edu

Contact: Calvin Griffin, Technical Dept. Chair

Phone: 334-876-9412

Email: calvin.griffin@wccs.edu

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Trenholm State Community College

The Truck Driving program at H. Council Trenholm State Community College is designed to prepare the student to operate vehicles requiring a commercial driver’s license. A six-week, non-credit Truck Driving program is offered that utilizes the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) model curriculum as the foundation for training and takes the student from basic through the advanced operation of a tractor/trailer.

Contact: Dean Faust, Program Coordinator

Phone: 334-420-4406

Email: dfaust@trenholmstate.edu

Contact: Sam Warren, Program Coordinator/Instructor

Phone: 334-420-4365

Email: dperry@trenholmstate.edu

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160 Driving Academy Birmingham

At 160 Driving Academy, it’s our privilege to help you learn how to achieve your CDL - and we can help you do it in as little as four weeks.

Just four weeks, and you could be set up for a lucrative, fulfilling career.

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160 Driving Academy Mobile

Considering a career change? Looking for a more flexible schedule? Enjoy traveling? At 160 Driving Academy in Mobile, AL, we offer comprehensive education solutions that can get you your CDL and a rewarding new career in trucking in as little as four weeks.

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Affordable Truck Driving Training

Our truck driving courses are a combination of in-class education and hands-on, over-the-road training. Taught by quality instructors with real experience in the transportation industry, our classes will show you everything you need to know in order to pass the Class A or Class B CDL permit test fast! Your new career can start today.

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Agape CDL Training

Years of training, years of experience, and a commitment to excellence have earned us a leading position in our field. We are a skilled team of experts, possessing an impeccable record of success and a reputation that precedes us. Diligence, persistence, and the highest standards for professional conduct are what we bring to the table. It’s those qualities that make us such a tour de force in our field. It’s those qualities that let us stand head and shoulders above the competition.

Agape CDL Training. It’s a name that means excellence. It’s a name you can trust.

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Southern Union State Community College

The Truck Driver Training Program at Southern Union State Community College is a 240 contact hour, six-week, non-credit program that prepares individuals for employment as professional truck drivers. This short-term training program is designed to prepare students to enter the truck driving industry.

Contact: Darin Baldwin, Ph.D., Dean of Technical Education & Workforce Development

Phone: 334-745-6437 ext. 5380

Email: dbaldwin@suscc.edu

Contact: Eric Sewell, Dean of Technical Education & Workforce Development

Phone: (334) 745-6437 ext. 5492

Email: esewell@suscc.edu

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Davis CDL

Davis CDL is conveniently located in Dothan Alabama, providing you with top instructors to give you the highest level of training. Our staff is very friendly and professional. We offer affordable and competitive pricing, with financial assistance, if qualified. Davis CDL also works with national, regional, and local trucking companies to assist in job placement.

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Midstate Driving Academy

Get your CDL without quitting your job!

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Northeast Alabama CC

The CDL Truck Driving Program at Northeast Alabama Community College will prepare you to operate a tractor trailer and pass the commercial driver’s license (CDL) exam safely and effectively. The 160-hour program runs for 3-4 weeks.

Contact: Dr. Mike Kennamer, Director, Division of Workforce Development

Phone: 256-638-4418

Email: kennamerm@nacc.edu

Contact: Chris Peak, Lead Instructor

Phone: 256-999-0962

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Northwest-Shoals CC

This CDL Class A training course is offered online, using a self-paced, and interactive learning approach. Upon completing the online part, students may then participate in the hands-on portion of the course.

Contact: John McIntosh, Associate Dean of Institutional Effectiveness & Advancement Division

Phone: 256-331-5323

Email: jmcintosh@nwscc.edu

Contact: Andrew Robbins, Manager, Business and Industry Training

Phone: 256-331-5218

Email: andrew.robbins@nwscc.edu

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Premier Driving Academy

Premier Driving Academy offers training in 15 qualifications, with the most reviewed qualifications being Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Class A, Manual; Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Class A; and Hazmat Endorsement Certificate. Time to complete this education training ranges from 3 weeks to 2 months depending on the qualification, with a median time to complete of 6 weeks.

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TDI inc

Truck Driver Institute’s CDL truck driver training in Oxford, Alabama is well-known as one of the most respected truck driving schools in Alabama. Located near Birmingham and serving the surrounding area for over 28 years, the 15+ acre facility is a spacious, modern training center, second-to-none in the industry. In just 3 short weeks, you are ready to test for your Alabama CDL License!

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Reid State Technical College - Monroeville Commercial Truck Driving Site

Reid State's Commercial Truck Driving program provides the knowledge to work in a high-paying industry, in a short period of time. It will provide accessible, quality educational opportunities that will provide individuals with the knowledge, technical skills, and attitudes necessary to obtain entry-level employment in the commercial truck driving profession.

Contact: Davis Cole, CTE Division Chair & Industrial Electricity/Electronics Instructor/Director of Workforce Development

Phone: 251-578-1313 ext. 188

Email: dcole@rstc.edu

Phone: 251-743-2553

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ACCS Innovation Center

The training you need to get the job you want. Well-paying jobs with great benefits are available across Alabama and the ACCS Innovation Center is providing the education and training needed to get hired.

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Ingram State Technical College

Ingram State provides comprehensive education services to incarcerated adults to reduce recidivism and return responsible citizens to society.

Ingram State's Commercial Truck Driving (CDL) program is a short-term non-credit program combining classroom theory, state-of-the-art driving simulators and hands-on learning behind the wheel. Students can earn a Class “A” or Class “B” Alabama Commercial Driver License with endorsements. The program is designed to help students acquire the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to prepare for successful entry-level employment in the trucking industry.

Contact: Randy Hull, Diesel Mechanics Instructor

Phone: 334-514-3590

Contact: Dr. Julliana Probst, Associate Dean of Instruction

Phone: 334-514-3590

Email: julliana.probst@istc.edu

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Bishop State Community College

Bishop State Community College’s Commercial Vehicle Driving Course is an eight-week program that will help you develop the necessary skills needed to obtain a CDL Class A license. The program is designed to provide students an opportunity to acquire the basic skills, knowledge, and fortitude to become entry-level employees in the commercial truck driving field. The curriculum is based on the Department of Transportation Model Program for Truck Driving Training. Upon successful completion of the program, the student will be able to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), operate a tractor-trailer unit, and be knowledgeable of the rules and regulations of the trucking industry.

The Diesel Technology program provides training, knowledge and skills for those who desire to learn how to troubleshoot and repair truck and construction equipment systems.

Contact: Brad Wallace, Truck Driving Head Instructor, Transportation Dept. Chair

Phone: (251) 660-1733

Email: bwallace@bishop.edu

Contact: Hudson McGallagher, Diesel Technology Lead Instructor

Phone: (251) 665-4120

Email: hmcgallagher@bishop.edu

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Calhoun Community College

If you've always wanted to be a truck driver, or you are looking to transition to a new career after being in the workforce for a period of time, Calhoun Community College can provide the training and testing you need. The CDL Training class provides driver license testing information and training for drivers who wish to have a commercial driver’s license (CDL – Class A or B) and endorsements. This course will also provide information on federal requirements for the state’s standards for the licensing of commercial drivers.

Contact: Douglas "Doug" Brazier, Interim Director, Calhoun Workforce Solutions

Phone: 256-306-2664

Email: mbarnette@cacc.edu

Contact: Douglas.Brazier@calhoun.edu

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Central Alabama Community College

Truck driver positions are essential and in high demand, which means that opportunities for high-wage jobs are growing. There is no shortage of opportunities for commercially licensed drivers. Central Alabama Community College is here to prepare you for the Commercial Driver License (CDL) test and help you develop the skills necessary for a profession in truck driving.

Contact: Michael Barnette, Dean of Workforce & Economic Development

Phone: 256-215-4319

Email: mbarnette@cacc.edu

Contact: Linda Williams, Workforce Development & Industry Specialist

Phone: (256) 215-4276

Email: lwilliams@cacc.edu

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Chattahoochee Valley Community College

Prepare for your career in commercial truck driving with this 37-day certificate program emphasizing CDL Class A training. Students also can pursue endorsements in Hazmat, Triple Truck, and Double Truck. There is high industry demand for program graduates.

Contact: Dr. Shirley Armstrong, Associate Dean for Workforce & Technical Education

Phone: 334-291-4964

Email: Shirley.armstrong@cv.edu

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Coastal Alabama Community College

Coastal Alabama Community College's Pre-CDL class prepares students to take the first step towards a career as a Commercial Truck Driver, which is passing the CDL permit exam.

Contact: Josh Duplantis, Dean of Workforce Development

Phone: 251-990-0426

Email: Joshua.Duplantis@coastalalabama.edu

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Drake State CTC

This CDL Class A training course is offered online, using a self-paced, and interactive learning approach. Upon completing the online part, students may then participate in the hands-on portion of the course at any of the 24 Community Colleges around the state.

Contact: Robert Grissim, Director of Workforce Development

Phone: 256-551-3145

Email: robert.grissim@drakestate.edu

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Enterprise State Community College

The 6-week Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) program at Enterprise State Community College provides the comprehensive, technical training that is necessary to obtain a Class “A” CDL in Alabama in order to work as a commercial truck driver.

Contact: Leigh Shiver, Director of Workforce Development

Phone: 334-347-2623 ext.2209

Email: lshiver@escc.edu

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Gadsden State Community College

Diesel Technology is a scholarship-eligible program for Gadsden State’s Dual Enrollment Program. The program is available to eligible high school students. Through Dual Enrollment, students earn both college and high school credits. Eligible students must have at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA. They must be a high school sophomore, junior or senior, and they must have approval from a high school counselor or administrator. Limited scholarships and grants are available!

Gadsden State Community College's truck driving program teaches students to drive trucks and buses, delivery vehicles and other commercial vehicles. Successful completers earn a Class A Commercial Driver’s License. Students in the Diesel Technology program receive the basic knowledge and skills necessary to secure and hold an entry-level job in diesel mechanics. Completers of the program will receive a certificate.

Contact: Stephan Stuelp, Ayers Campus, Advisor

Phone: 256-835-5419

Email: sstuelp@gadsdenstate.edu

Contact: Baisha Woody, CDL Director

Phone: 256-549-8234

Email: bwoody@gadsdenstate.edu

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Bevill State Community College

Industry experts agree that Bevill State's Truck Driver Training Program is one of the most comprehensive in the nation. Labor statistics indicate the demand for trained truck drivers will continue to grow rapidly. In the years ahead, tens of thousands of additional truck driving jobs will be created. By successfully completing Bevill State's Truck Driver Training Program, you will be prepared to enter this challenging career field.

The Vehicle Technology and Repair Program (VTR) prepares technicians for employment in new vehicle dealerships, independent repair establishments, auto body repair shops, fleet service centers, and rental organizations. Students are educated to work on current model vehicles in this comprehensive, Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certified training program. Through classroom and lab activities, students gain the knowledge and experience necessary to obtain an Associate in Applied Science degree, long-term certificate, or short-term certificate (obtainable in three semesters), allowing them to pursue employment in vehicle repair industries.

Contact: Marcus Carson, Division Chair/Instructor, Truck Driver Training

Phone: 800-648-3271 ext. 5256

Email: marcus.carson@bscc.edu

Contact: Mike Kimbrell, Diesel Technology

Phone: 800-648-3271  ext. 5228

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Jefferson State Community College, Clanton

Jefferson State’s Center for Workforce Education offers a CDL program and CDL Corporate Simulator Training program. This training provides the skills for immediate employment in an in-demand career field.

Contact: Alex Blevins, Training Coordinator

Phone: 205-856-6094

Email: alex.blevins@jeffersonstate.edu

Contact: Leah Bigbee, Director, Center for Workforce Education

Phone: 205-856-7878

Email: leah.bigbee@jeffersonstate.edu

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Lawson State Community College

The Medium/Heavy Duty Truck Technology program prepares students to diagnose and repair mechanical problems with all components of diesel-powered heavy-duty trucks and equipment. The program involves on-campus classroom and laboratory sessions, as well as real-world opportunities to reinforce skills through work experiences in the diesel mechanics industry. Students will complete this program with the knowledge they need to compete and succeed in today’s marketplace. This program consists of one A.O.T. degree option, one Certificate, and one abbreviated Certificate.

Contact: Henry Lyles, Medium/Heavy Truck Instructor

Phone: 205-929-3482

Email: hlyles@lawsonstate.edu

Contact: Tommy Hobbs, Assistant Dean of Workforce Development

Phone: 205-929-3521

Email: thobbs@lawsonstate.edu

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Lurleen B. Wallace Community College

This course is free for existing business and industry students and prepares you to take and pass the federal CDL test. Individuals must have access to a DOT-compliant vehicle.

The Diesel Technician Program at LBWCC prepares graduates to apply technical knowledge and skills to repairs, service, and maintenance of diesel engines in vehicles such as automobiles, buses, ships, trucks, and railroad locomotives, as well as stationary engines in generators and related equipment. The progam offers a variety of degree and certificate options to meet students' needs.

Contact: Shaun Moore, Diesel Technology

Phone: 334-493-5322

Email: smoore@lbwcc.edu

Contact: Chad Sutton, Director of Workforce Development

Phone: (334) 881-2335

Email: csutton@lbwcc.edu

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Marshall County Technical School

Marshall County Technical School offers hands-on, safety-oriented Class A CDL training. Students receive classroom, yard and over-the-road training to develop the skills and confidence they need to be a professional driver.

Contact: Patrick Smith, CTE Director/Principal

Phone: 256-582-5629

Email: smithpat@marshallk12.org

Contact: Vanessa Davis

Phone: 256-582-5629

Email: davisv@marshallk12.org

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Reid State Technical College - Evergreen

Reid State's Commercial Truck Driving program provides the knowledge to work in a high paying industry, in a short period of time. It will provide accessible, quality educational opportunities that will provide individuals with the knowledge, technical skills, and attitudes necessary to obtain entry-level employment in the commercial truck driving profession.

Reid State's Diesel Technology program helps students apply technical knowledge and skills to repair, service, and maintain diesel engines in vehicles such as automobiles, buses, ships, trucks, railroad locomotives, and construction equipment, as well as stationary diesel engines in electrical generators and related equipment.

Contact: David Cole, CTE Division Chair & Industrial Electricity/Electronics Instructor/Director of Workforce Development

Phone: 251-578-1313 ext. 188

Email: dcole@rstc.edu

Contact: Weldon Steadman, Diesel Technology Instructor

Phone: 251-578-1313 Ext. 140

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Roadmaster

Roadmaster Drivers School provides CDL Training in Birmingham, Alabama. Our truck driving school in Alabama provides hands-on CDL training so students may develop real-world truck driving skills and earn their Class A CDL license.

Contact: Brad Ball, President

Phone: 727-342-6420

Email: bball@roadmaster.com

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Shelton State Community College

Shelton State Community College has partnered with ACCS (Alabama Community College System) and the Innovation Center to streamline the process of becoming a CDL holder. Part I will allow students to complete the Classroom Portion Online at their own pace without attending a normal classroom. Upon successful completion of Part I, students will be placed in que to complete Part II. Part II consists of the “behind the wheel” portion of the class. Students will learn hands-on driving instruction at Shelton State to prepare them for the Department of Transportation’s Road Test.

The Diesel Mechanics program trains students to remove, repair, install, and maintain diesel engines powering heavy trucks, buses, boats, diesel-powered equipment, and construction equipment, such as bulldozers, cranes, and diesel farm tractors. Principles of diesel engines are taught and reinforced in laboratory experiences using actual diesel equipment.

Contact: Darryl Ballew, Assistant Director of Training for Business and Industry

Phone: 205-391-2948

Email: dballew@sheltonstate.edu

Contact: Nicole Dubose, Director of Training for Business and Industry

Phone: 205-391-5860

Email: ndubose@sheltonstate.edu

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Snead State Community College

The Training for Existing Business and Industry Program at Snead State Community College provides company-specific training to businesses in Marshall Country and the surrounding areas. The College works with businesses to identify employee training needs and tailor services around those needs. The training can take place on location at the business or on the college campus.

Contact: Teresa Walker, Director of Workforce Development & Arab Instructional Site

Phone: 256-840-4211

Email: twalker@snead.edu

Contact: Greg Randall, Executive Project Director of Workforce Enhancement

Phone: 256-840-4166

Email: grandall@snead.edu

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