Profile For Tracy Allen Henderson

Tracy Allen Henderson's Info

  • Location:
    West Frankfort, IL

  • Driving Status:
    In CDL School

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  • Joined Us:
    7 years, 11 months ago

Tracy Allen Henderson's Bio

I am a 47 year old husband, and father of 4 children, and one on the way. I currently live in West Frankfort Illinois. I started school today Aug 25, training for PAM Transport. Been told all my life I would never do anything, and now I prove the haters wrong

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Posted:  7 years, 9 months ago

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Let the training begin

I have the third day under my belt. Took regulations tests while others were getting permits. Next week the real training begins

Posted:  7 years, 9 months ago

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Let the training begin

Today I started my CDL training. I am training for PAM Transport. Today was paperwork, practice testing, more paperwork and signing my contract with PAM. Since I already have my permit, the next few days will be review, which is ok since we have to memorize pre trip. So now the first day jitters are over, now time to knuckle down. Until tomorrow

Posted:  7 years, 9 months ago

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The long road to school

I had my physical Monday, and I start school this coming Monday morning. I am very nervous, but, very optimistic
as well. This ride was doing tons of research, and preparation, but, starting Monday I will give my day by day reports, as I am training, and getting ready for P.A.M. Transport

It has really been a ride choosing the right school, but after many months, I have chose the school, and I am now preparing to go. The awesome thing about the school, and company I chose ,is I am an hour and a half from the school. Having an ADHD child at home, and a pregnant wife, it works better for us until we get his meds regulated. What company am I going with? PAM Transport. I go for my physical August 18, and start school August 25. No team driving after my 6 weeks with my trainer, and a $1200 sign on bonus. I am super excited,and will add to this log as time goes along

Posted:  7 years, 9 months ago

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The long road to school

Woud love to swap stories.Best of luck to you

Please do Tracy, I have also recently signed up, what a chore picking a good school! I am 48 yrs old. divorced and kids are hitting college. definite contrast in our circumstances, very awesome that you will be close to your family! After much reading (Glass door, Indeed, and of course here) I applied and was accepted to Celedon, Pam, and Roehl I'll be leaving on august 24th for a twelve hour drive from New York to Wisconsin to go to Roehl Trucking myself for my training. Perhaps we can share our stories here together for others to compare...

Posted:  7 years, 9 months ago

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The long road to school

It has really been a ride choosing the right school, but after many months, I have chose the school, and I am now preparing to go. The awesome thing about the school, and company I chose ,is I am an hour and a half from the school. Having an ADHD child at home, and a pregnant wife, it works better for us until we get his meds regulated. What company am I going with? PAM Transport. I go for my physical August 18, and start school August 25. No team driving after my 6 weeks with my trainer, and a $1200 sign on bonus. I am super excited,and will add to this log as time goes along

Posted:  7 years, 10 months ago

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160 Driving Academy

Have an appointment August 31

This is a illinois based C.D.L. Training School, 40 hours classroom, 120 hours yard and road driving. There are no drinking and drugs here, everything is "hands on". In about 4 weeks, anyone wanting to obtain their C.D.L., and lives in the state of illinois, give this school a call for the nearest one.

Posted:  7 years, 10 months ago

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Any truck drivers from Kansas or at least midwest???

Lol is anyone on this site from Kansas? or anywhere near here? I swear everyone is from one of the coast haha I need some Midwest buddies to talk to, share opinions on companies, and B*#&% about how we have no beaches! hahahah

I'm from Illinois

Posted:  7 years, 10 months ago

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CDL permit test

I passed my CDL permit test today!!!! I take my DOT physical August 5th. After much thought, and research into my finances, I have decided I am going to go with Swift Transport, and to go with them, I have to take my CDL permit, and physical before I go. SO!!!!! One hurdle down, one to go!!! My anticipated start date with Swift is August 11. Thank you High road Training Program, and I am glad the program was put on here, because it is a help. If you don't use the program, when it is free to use to prepare, that is your fault!!! dancing.gifdancing-dog.gifdancing-dog.gifdancing-banana.gifdancing-banana.gif

Posted:  7 years, 10 months ago

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Thinking about starting my CDL training with PAM transport

Is the company great to work for? I know their training perks sound good. Yes I have to pay a little up front, but, for what I have to pay, it is almost like they are reimbursing me. I like the $1200 sign on bonus. Is there forced dispatch? Are they good about getting you home?

Posted:  7 years, 10 months ago

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Thinking about starting my CDL training with PAM transport

I'm seriously considering PAM as well. I am initially suppose to go to Celadon, but, am uneasy. i am hoping for great tips here, as well. Aug 25 will not be here soon enough

Posted:  7 years, 10 months ago

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Celadon /"Quality Drivers" Indianapolis, IN-STAY AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i am suppose to attend there in 3 weeks, but im hitting one road bock after another, so im looking into pam. yes i have to leave 2 weeks later, but, i am going to have less overall school time, and a 1200 sign on bonus. my son is at quality now, and hates it. thanks for the tip

First, I recommend to all to stay away from this one, unless you enjoy sitting around and doing absolutely nothing. You will Greyhound it to the school and get picked up. A majority of the students here have either been picked up from the dregs of society or county jail, I have yet to figure that one out. They will tell you that it will take three to five weeks and then make you sign a contract that states it will be three weeks, but that is complete crap. I have been up here five weeks and you hardly get any range time. Most of the students seem to be here for the word free, but you get what you pay for. The drunken insanity, drugs and other bs is a common feature around here on the evenings and the criminal elements seem to be around frequently. If you really do not want a cdl, but want to just come to Indianapolis, hang around, not really do much, get drunk and screw around, then by all means, contact Celadon and get signed up. If you want a cdl, this is not the place to be. I am looking into another program and I advise all to pass on Celadon.

Posted:  7 years, 10 months ago

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Celadon

I live in Illinois, and I am leaving for Celadon in 5 weeks. They said I will have a non resident CDL. She said I have 90 days to switch it to Ilinois. How will this happen? Seriously thinking of moving to Indiana

Posted:  7 years, 10 months ago

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Celadon

what was the physical like? I am kind of worried about what to expect

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I start trucking school with Celadon July 28th. Excited, yet apprehensive as well. Can someone that has already been there give me some pointers

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I am currently in the Celadon school, just passed my CDL state test last Tuesday, and I will be taking my Celadon test tomorrow, and orientation on Monday. I have been here for just over 7 weeks, BUT I was a week or so behind because it took me 5 tries to pass my combination test at the DMV. After that, I was able to make it through the practice area at a good pace, but they did get a little backed up, because they didn't have a new class come in on the Monday after Memorial Day weekend, as they were closed, and they brought in 2 classes the following Monday instead of one, to make up. It's starting to clear out now, since there were a lot of passers within the last 2 weeks.

Here's a list of what I believe are the pros and cons, and I will break it down in categories:

Instructors:

Pros: Friendly and helpful All ex semi drivers They're understanding if you've never driven a manual They will break down everything you will need to do to pass your tests They will run you through the exact same test course you will go through on your driving portion of your state test.

Cons: There are only 3 main backing maneuver ranges for starting people, and 2 extra ranges for people practicing for their test. They could use a few more instructors They don't really go through your outside pretrip with you, you're left to study that on your own, but other students are very helpful in that area.

Facility:

Pros: You get your own dorm room, and if they don't have a room, they will put you in a hotel at no cost to you. Plenty of bathrooms and showers, so there's never a wait for them Full basketball court, gym, racket ball, and cycles if you like to keep active. All doors are electronically locked, and there are security personnel that are always available, 24/7

Cons: Speaking for the men's bathroom, there is a large problem with other male students peeing on the seats, and sometimes leaving the sink a mess with hair shavings. The elevator does stop working from time to time The food isn't always the best, and it does get kind of repetitive after a while. The facility isn't in the nicest of areas, and you're urged not to walk off the property after dark, or if you need to, go with a group. The internet is restricted, no streaming of any kind.

Would I do this again with everything I know now? Yes. Even with the cons, the school is worth it.

Posted:  7 years, 11 months ago

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Celadon

thank you for your honesty, i took a local CDL course, and they were hurried, and I missed my CDL by one lousy point. I am so glad they take the time, and from what you tell me, they want you to succeed. Again thank you

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I start trucking school with Celadon July 28th. Excited, yet apprehensive as well. Can someone that has already been there give me some pointers

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I am currently in the Celadon school, just passed my CDL state test last Tuesday, and I will be taking my Celadon test tomorrow, and orientation on Monday. I have been here for just over 7 weeks, BUT I was a week or so behind because it took me 5 tries to pass my combination test at the DMV. After that, I was able to make it through the practice area at a good pace, but they did get a little backed up, because they didn't have a new class come in on the Monday after Memorial Day weekend, as they were closed, and they brought in 2 classes the following Monday instead of one, to make up. It's starting to clear out now, since there were a lot of passers within the last 2 weeks.

Here's a list of what I believe are the pros and cons, and I will break it down in categories:

Instructors:

Pros: Friendly and helpful All ex semi drivers They're understanding if you've never driven a manual They will break down everything you will need to do to pass your tests They will run you through the exact same test course you will go through on your driving portion of your state test.

Cons: There are only 3 main backing maneuver ranges for starting people, and 2 extra ranges for people practicing for their test. They could use a few more instructors They don't really go through your outside pretrip with you, you're left to study that on your own, but other students are very helpful in that area.

Facility:

Pros: You get your own dorm room, and if they don't have a room, they will put you in a hotel at no cost to you. Plenty of bathrooms and showers, so there's never a wait for them Full basketball court, gym, racket ball, and cycles if you like to keep active. All doors are electronically locked, and there are security personnel that are always available, 24/7

Cons: Speaking for the men's bathroom, there is a large problem with other male students peeing on the seats, and sometimes leaving the sink a mess with hair shavings. The elevator does stop working from time to time The food isn't always the best, and it does get kind of repetitive after a while. The facility isn't in the nicest of areas, and you're urged not to walk off the property after dark, or if you need to, go with a group. The internet is restricted, no streaming of any kind.

Would I do this again with everything I know now? Yes. Even with the cons, the school is worth it.

Posted:  7 years, 11 months ago

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Celadon

I start trucking school with Celadon July 28th. Excited, yet apprehensive as well. Can someone that has already been there give me some pointers

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