Ashley Charitable Foundation presents $500K check to ICC

ITAWAMBA COUNTY, Miss. (WCBI) – Itawamba Community College will enhance its CDL truck driving program, thanks to a grant from Ashley Furniture.

The Ashley Charitable Foundation presented a $500,000 check to ICC during a ceremony at the Tupelo campus.

ICC will use the money to finish a CDL course, along with building a building for the CDL program at the course.

ICC’s President, Dr. Jay Allen, said it is important to provide the best possible training for future truck drivers.

“We have never had our own driving range for our own CDL truck driving program so now we do, almost complete with that project. This gift makes that a reality. So, now we can use that and not only have our students drive but it’s a great partnership with Ashley where we take their incumbent workers and turn them into truck drivers and give them back to them as a truck driver,” said Allen.

“It’s all about continuing education and we got great programs with Itawamba and this is one of the good programs we have got. We have good programs with Artificial Intelligence, a lot of automation, and many programs. We need a lot of technicians, highly skilled technicians and Itawamba Community College is a great place, doing a wonderful job,” said Ron Wanek, Founder of Ashley Furniture Industries.

The CDL driving course, which is also on Eason Boulevard, should be ready in a few weeks.

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