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  • Location:
    Middle Tennessee, TN

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    Considering A Career

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    2 months, 1 week ago

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Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Thanks to Trucking Truth and looking for advice

Want to thank the admin folks on TT for The High Road Training Program. Hands-down the best training program I found online, including the one CDL training program I paid for. Did not pass the General Knowledge my first time out. Buckled down to study and while looking for answers online, came across TT and THRTP. Easily passed all 3 tests needed in TN for my CDL permit. Thanks so much for THRTP and for TT website. Been able to read and learn a lot in a short amount of time.

Have been looking at where to go for CDL training to include company paid. I came across a local family owned company here in middle Tennessee named RE West. Went to their yard and met with a recruiter this week. They offer free training with no contract and only ask that I stay for 6 months. They do both van and flatbed and flatbed is 99% heavy-haul specialized and is where they have the greatest need for drivers. Training is 2 weeks in their yard, 3 weeks on road with a trainer and 1 week back in yard to learn securement. Pay is $.45cpm to start with quarterly reviews and they offer a $5k Veteran bonus paid out when I hit mileage goals.

I haven't been looking at heavy-haul as an option to begin as I thought I'd need experience to get into the field. I'm very excited about doing flatbed with this company and am reaching out to hear what folk's with experience and knowledge have to say. Community college in my area will take 7 1/2 weeks of schooling and cost about $2k. I can pay that, but prefer to keep it in the bank. I know there are several companies that will provide training with a 12-24 month obligation. Schneider will pay for schooling at the CC with a 12 month contract.

Thanks again for this website and looking forward to the advice that is sure to come and look forward to sharing my trucking journey.

Tom

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