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Ahtna Kanas Fall 2022

CDL Training Can Open a World of Employment Opportunities

Getting a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) can open a world of employment opportunities and is not limited to truck driving. An abundance of job positions require a CDL. You need one if you want to work as a school bus driver, city bus driver, tour bus driver, hazmat carrier, ice road driver, or sanitation worker. It’s smart to get CDL training if you’re planning on a career as a heavy equipment operator. Many heavy equipment operator jobs require the applicant to be skilled at operating multiple types of vehicles, including ones that require a CDL. If you are interested in pursuing your CDL, funding may be available through Ahtna’s Vocational Scholarship Program.

Alaska Driving Academy: CDL, Heavy Equipment Training

Many shareholders have successfully completed the Alaska Driving Academy (ADA) training with financial assistance from Ahtna’s Vocational Scholarship Program. ADA promotes an impressive graduation rate of 98% and job placement rate of 96%. The ADA program is recognized by the Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI) and is based on the standards set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for Entry Level Driver Training requirements. PTDI is a nationally recognized and highly respected standard in the trucking industry. Training consists of classroom instruction, demonstrations, hands-on basic maintenance, off road maneuvers, and on-the-road driving. Training is offered monthly, and you can learn more at

Ahtna Vocational Scholarship Program

Ahtna Vocational Scholarships are available to shareholders with 10 or more voting shares (Original, Inherited, Gifted, Class L). Upon approval, the Ahtna Vocational Scholarship offers up to $12,000 for tuition to be paid directly to the training program. If your program costs more than $12,000, Ahtna Shareholder Enrichment can recommend other financial aid programs.


To apply for an Ahtna Vocational Scholarship, please visit Supplemental documents must be provided prior to the start date of the training.

For associate, bachelor and master level degree programs, please apply for our Walter Charley Memorial Scholarship at


To learn more, contact Shareholder Enrichment at (907) 868-8250 (Tracy Parent – Anchorage), (907) 822-3476 (Starr Knighten – Glennallen) or email We look forward to assisting you with your career goals!