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Athens News Matters: Donations to train truckers

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Across America, commercial truck drivers are in demand. The Coca-Cola Company is making a $1 million donation to technical colleges in Georgia to train new drivers, with some of the gift going to Athens Technical College.

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  • With the oil and gas sectors booming, the need for truckers is growing. But the ranks of well-trained drivers are shrinking, especially as baby boomers hit retirement age. And competition for drivers has become fierce, with the annual turnover rate nearing 100 percent.
  • There's no shortage of gasoline, but a few stations have still run dry because it's hard to find qualified truck drivers who can move the fuel around. The high demand is pushing driver pay up.