The West Virginia Trucking Association has donated $1,500 to the Southern West Virginia Community College Foundation to help it develop a Military Commercial Drivers License Program.
The Military CDL program builds upon state Military Connection Network efforts to speed up the CDL qualification and certification process for state National Guard members and reservists.
The network was an initiative of the state Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Committee, which sought to increase employment opportunities for unemployed military members and veterans.
Trucking Association executive director Jan Vineyard said 37 percent of currently licensed CDL drivers are nearing retirement, which could lead to demand for an additional 270,000 commercially licensed drivers.
Vineyard said military members and veterans are recognized as an outstanding source to fill those jobs.