An Alabama community college is offering ground breaking women-only CDL training course. Calhoun Community College recently announced that they’ll be offering the course “CDL Training for Women” starting in September. According to the college’s website, the course is an “option for those interested in receiving a commercial driver’s license (CDL) and endorsements. Day classes will be offered Monday-Thursday, September 4-27, 8am-5pm at Calhoun’s Decatur campus. The 4-week, 160-hour program, will prepare students to pass the written and road tests for a Class A or B license.” Calhoun Community College points out that many of the factors that might have been keeping women from entering the trucking industry are changing: “Due to advancements in vehicle design, professional driving is more attractive and accessible to all demographics. Many carriers are transitioning their fleets to all automatic transmission vehicles, with an increased focus on ergonomics, amenities, and driver safety and comfort.” Donna Bass, Workforce Solutions Project Manager, says that “We thought the best thing to do is to offer a class for women that may have been intimidated by the men in other classes to get in here with our instructor Mary Smith and work with her one on one.