Pre-Apprenticeship Commercial Driver’s License Program

Representative Adam Smith submitted the following Community Project Funding request for the Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Employment for Women (ANEW).

$675,000 was successfully included in the House Committee on Appropriations Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 appropriations bill.

Each Representative may request funding for up to 15 projects in their community for fiscal year 2023. This does not guarantee the projects will be funded.


"ANEW is grateful for the support Congressman Adam Smith has provided over the years. This particular project will allow ANEW to create a much needed training program for CDL licensing in partnership with many, many organizations. There is a huge shortage of drivers nationally, and this program will allow us to provide family wage career opportunities to more people who need economic opportunities the most." - Karen Dove, Executive Director, ANEW

“I’ve long been a supporter of workforce development programs and apprenticeship programs because I know how effective they are at empowering workers and their families with good-paying, high-quality jobs and developing a strong national workforce. ANEW has been a leader in expanding access to these jobs for women and other underserved communities in King County. The funding requested will enable ANEW to build on this important work and expand its pre-apprenticeship programming for the construction trades,” said Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash). “Our region is facing a shortage of workers to meet the high construction demands, and the expansion of this program will help reduce those shortages with a skilled and diverse workforce.”


This request will allow Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Employment for Women (ANEW) to expand its construction pre-apprenticeship programming and add a Commercial Driver’s Licensing (CDL) program in South King County. With the recently passed infrastructure bill, the construction industry faces a workforce pipeline crisis and the demand for CDL drivers is increasing exponentially. This program will help meet the workforce needs of the region and increase access to family wage careers in construction and transportation fields for women and people of color, serving an additional 50 students in the training program.
ANEW has a demonstrated track record of increasing the number of women and people from underserved communities in the construction trades, focusing their programs at people of color, opportunity youth, and those with low educational attainment. Over the past five years, demand for ANEW’s programs has quadrupled and there are currently more contractors in need of graduates than ANEW is able to produce. In order to meet this demand, this funding will help ANEW establish a new training center which will enable them to increase the number of students graduated each year.