Community College of Philadelphia, Ancora Education Launch Commercial Truck Driving Program 

Originally published July 19, 2022 
Barry Johnson 
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The partnership seeks to address the truck driver shortage across the country 

PHILADELPHIA – Community College of Philadelphia (The College) is partnering with Ancora Education (Ancora) to launch a non-credit Commercial Truck Driving (CDL) program. Classes will be available through the College’s Corporate Solutions department and are set to begin in September.   

Prompted by the high demand for truck drivers across the nation, the College reached out to Ancora to launch and manage a CDL program that complies with the new Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT) rules established by the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA), which went into effect in February 2022. Participants in this 160-hour program can earn their CDL license in as little as four weeks. 

“The need for professional truck drivers shows no signs of slowing,” said Carol J. de Fries, College vice president for Workforce & Economic Innovation. “We’ve seen a substantial demand in the Philadelphia market for this kind of training, and by offering CDL at CCP, we’re able to serve both the students who are interested in starting this career as well as our local business partners who are struggling to find enough drivers for their workforce.” 

As a consequence of the significant shortage of truck drivers across the country, there has been a severe impact on the nation’s supply chains while companies scramble to maintain their current driver workforce. The College recognized that this shortage presented an opportunity for Pennsylvanians to launch an in-demand, well-paying career in as little as four weeks. In 2021, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual pay for heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers was $50,340.  

Additional information on the College’s Commercial Truck Driving (CDL) program can be found online.  


About Community College of Philadelphia’s Corporate Solutions
Community College of Philadelphia is the largest public institution of higher education in the City of Philadelphia. With an open admissions policy, the College serves all who may benefit – regardless of age, income, or ability. The College’s Corporate Solutions department offers a variety of specialized career training programs and hundreds of professional development classes to help you enhance your current skillset or take your career in a new direction. We are proud to offer courses to meet the needs of health care, technical, manufacturing, technology, small business, non-profits and professional industries. Get short-term training that will jumpstart your career. Visit and follow us on social media @CCPedu.  

About Ancora Education 
Ancora Education is a Texas-based company that includes a group of private, post-secondary schools in convenient locations throughout Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. Ancora Education specializes in allied health, wellness, nursing, IT, business and management, CDL truck driving, professional trades, security, skilled trades, and art and design. Ancora brands include Ancora Education, Arizona Automotive Institute (AAI), Berks Technical Institute (BTI), Edge Tech Academy, McCann School of Business & Technology, Miller-Motte College (MMC) and South Texas Vocational Technical Institute (STVT). Ancora also offers vocational and upskill training programs to employer partners and community colleges. Learn more at