Residents in 16 counties, including Aiken, may have an opportunity to earn a career in the highway construction industry.

The S.C. Department of Transportation awarded a Transportation Careers Training Program grant to A2 Consulting. That grant could help 50 individuals find a job in highway construction by funding their training in that field.

Those eligible for the training program must reside in Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun, Clarendon, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry, Marion, Marlboro, Orangeburg or Williamsburg counties, according to a press release from A2 Consulting.

The one-year grant will offer pre-employment training, heavy equipment operator training and commercial drivers’ license training.

“A key challenge employer’s face today is finding candidates who have the skills needed to become employed in the highway construction industry,” the A2 release reads. “The Transportation Careers Training Program will provide opportunities for individuals to gain construction-related skills, which will increase the opportunity for them to have a career in the highway construction industry.” 

The program is sponsored by the SCDOT and the state division of the Federal Highway Administration. The program helps people obtain a commercial drivers’ license, heavy equipment operator certification and National Center for Construction Education and Research certification. The program works toward helping minorities, the unemployed, the underemployed and women gain the skills they need to find employment in highway construction.

A2 Consulting, based in Rock Hill, is a “disadvantage business enterprise.” Its website states that it targets risk management, public involvement and facilitation opportunities, most specifically in the transportation industry.

To learn more about the grant and the opportunities it has to offer, call the Christel Allen, program administrator from A2 Consulting at (803) 329-4470 or email her at