Profile For CIDRAY

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    3 years, 3 months ago

CIDRAY's Bio

Had a very secure job. Got tired of the politics and craziness. Decided to get out here and drive for a living. Looking forward to learning and growing in the business. Open to honest feedback.

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Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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I was sent home from Celadon Academy...

Thank you, Vending Dude, for some validation; but thanks too to Brett and Old School for their sage if hard-nosed advice. It was the second week of December, temp about 28F, and we were standing around doing pre-trip and the wind was funneling through a structure I cannot describe. Anyway, very prescient of you, Old School, to pick up on thyroid - no problems there - but I was (juice) fasting, foolish I know, for about two weeks. What can I say 'cept I like a certain fit in my jeans and running in Indianapolis wasn't achieving my goal quickly enough.

I acknowledge and accept Celadon's purely business decision regarding me; hell, I've read stories on this forum of people sent packing during orientation for other offenses. What I find worrisome is what Rick said, being labeled a 'problem child,' and having this moniker follow me elsewhere - if such a blacklist exists. I have carefully considered this career/lifestyle change for over a year now, and whilst I was in school for that week I approached my training with utter seriousness and calm determination. Yep, I did lose my **** and was ill-prepared in my Salvation Army pickings; not to sound callous, but now that I have my dead friend's Carhartt gear, my hope is that the next time I should do just fine.

I was there the 2nd week of December, but left that Friday. Didn't hear about what happened with you. However, it does get cold out there. I got sick right before I left and had to be seen by medical.

Consider it a blessing Celadon let you go and go to CRE next week. Believe in yourself, stay focused, listen and follow instructions. Good luck.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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My journey with Prime in Pittston

Not much to say today. I didn't drive today and my trainer wants me to do my reset sooo. He did show me how to put load bars in. Other than that, bored in Kansas.

I'm currently in Pittston. Everything is going exactly as you described. Tomorrow we have live classes. Looking forward to getting started on my journey. Stay safe and keep the posts coming.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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2016 Prime Training Update I

Dutch,

I just got my CDL-A and will be starting with Prime on 1/4/17 in Pittston, PA. I have Tanker and D/T endorsements. Also have passport and TWIC is in the mail. I'm seriously considering Tanker. Have you heard any positive feedback regarding Tanker division? Also, will I go straight into the TNT program??

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Celadon Driving Academy

Hey CidRay, just wondering if you needed to go to CDA with a permit already or if you could acquire it at the school. I'm still on the fence about Celadon and still doing my research. Thanks and good luck out there!

I attended the school in Indianapolis, IN and only residents of Indiana don't need a permit. Indiana residents are given the opportunity to take their permit test through Celadon.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Celadon Driving Academy

Final Week

So I finally took my CDL exam and passed. It feels good and now I get to move forward. The next steps are 45 backing and a safe driving test. Then you attend Orientation for about 2-3 days. Once those are passed you become a Celadon employe.

The next step is to be assigned a trainer and hit the road for 10k miles.

Thanks to the entire CDA staff and I wish everyone well.

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Celadon Driving Academy

Is Joker still there? How about Jeff, a very tall skinny instructor, he didn't like me.

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Its exciting to hear from you. You sound exhausted. You can do this. Im rooting for you. Hows your clutch leg? I know you can still smile. One day at a time.

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Taking things one day at a time. My leg is fine. Just anxious to take my exam. There are some good people here. We keep each other encouraged and entertained.

Get out here and get your CDL!!!!

I haven't heard of anyone called Joker. No Jeff either.

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Celadon Driving Academy

Its exciting to hear from you. You sound exhausted. You can do this. Im rooting for you. Hows your clutch leg? I know you can still smile. One day at a time.

Taking things one day at a time. My leg is fine. Just anxious to take my exam. There are some good people here. We keep each other encouraged and entertained.

Get out here and get your CDL!!!!

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Celadon Driving Academy

Week 4

This week is spent doing more skills training and driving. The staff is gauging who is ready to test. Some are and some aren't. I've met some people that have been here for almost 8 weeks.

If you're ready for testing they'll move you to a separate range to practice. You'll also drive on the routes used by the test site. You'll have 72 hours to prepare for your test. Now is the time to focus.

Also, there is greater focus on pre-trip. You've also have to preform In-Cab inspection and tug test. Those are fairly easy to learn. I'll post when I pass my exam.

Thoughts / Insight :

CDA is really trying to get people to pass the exam. The problem is a lot of people don't take it serious. There area many that make me wondwer why they are here. This course should be taken seriously.

The living arrangements are OK, but I'm tired of being here. If you come be prepared to deal with people from many backgrounds, diversity, and living habits. Some just forgot their home training. The maintenance staff does the best they can to keep the facility clean.

Unfortunately people here need extra money. Many have resorted to donating plasma at a donation center down the street. You WILL need at least $200 while you're here. If possible, save some money before you come.

Good luck to anyone who decides to attend CDA. Take advantage of the instructors and ask questions. All seem eager to help students.

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Celadon Driving Academy

More. I need more.

Sorry. Just updated........

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Celadon Driving Academy

Hey hello, I start there this Monday. I am really looking forward to it. Good luck with your studies!

Abe

Good luck!!!

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Celadon Driving Academy

Week 3

This is the week when people stary to really separate themselves feom the others. More driving and range skills. They score you on a scale of 1-5. By this point you should be improving. If not, ASK QUESTIONS.

You'll should get to drive with each driving trainer. If not, thats fine. Just keep improving. They all have different styles, but the goal is the same.

The food is getting lame, but its free so eat it up. There are food establishments and churches in walking distance.

Recommendation 1) bring some spending money for laundry supplies, toiletries, and snacks 2) brings books and/or music w/headphones for down time 3) bring warm clothes. its getting cold 4) come ready to work

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Celadon Driving Academy

Week 2

This is the week you get in the truck. You will learn straight line backing, off-set backing and parallel parking on the ranges. You'll also get time on the road driving. LISTEN TO THE INSTRUCTORS.

You'll drive in the morning and do the range in the afternoon or vice-versa. Also, keep studying the pre-trip and air brake check.

There are some positive students here and some negative ones too. Stay focused and remember why you're here. Some people were sent home for urinalysis and background results.

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Celadon Driving Academy

Week 1

The first day was paperwork and learning about the upcoming program. Second day was learning pre-trip and what to look for. You will also take a drug screen and they'll run your background. (ADVICE: Don't lie and don't show up with dirty urine. THEY WILL FIND OUT. )

We spent the remaining time learning straight line backing and off set backing. You get to use the simulator to work on shifting and driving. They really cover the pre-trip. The video is played daily in clas and constantly on television.

Celadon provides housing and three meals a day. The food is ok and the housing is fine. The only issue is that not everyone has the same hygiene habits. The gym is very nice. They take you to Wal-Mart twice a week, Tuesday and Thursday, if you need supplies. You will have your own room if you stay at the Academy.

So far so good. The instructors are helpful and every question I had has been answered. There can be down time on the range, but you can use it to study and watch others.

Note: They do reimburse for DOT physicals and permits. You must have your receipts. If you pay your way here they will reimburse up to their cost of getting you here via Greyhound.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Verifying Employment:

So if you apply for a new job and one of the companies you worked for either:

a) no longer exists

or

b) was bought out by another company

or

c) merged with another company

Then how does it work as far as employment verification?

I just sent in my W-2's from those employers. No problems.....

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Celadon Driving Academy

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Celadon Driving Academy

Expect the entire process to be like one long job interview. They're going to be watching everyone closely. They're not just looking at trucking-related stuff, but for attitude and work ethic too. It's not just about teaching people how to back and shift. It's about identifying people who have a shot at sticking around for a while and being successful in this industry.

Probably a quarter of your class will be gone after two days. Half of them won't even get their CDL. The dropout rates are high. Go in there with a great attitude, work really hard, listen closely to everything they're telling you, and ask a lot of questions. Stay away from any students you find with a poor attitude. If they're not taking it seriously, they're not working hard, and they have a skeptical or cynical attitude just stay away from them and stay focused on the challenges you're facing. You're not going to believe how many terrible attitudes you're going to find amongst the students, but as I mentioned, most of those guys won't be around for long anyhow.

Just keep a great attitude, keep working hard, and roll with things. There are going to be times you'll feel overwhelmed or you might think you've chosen the wrong company or the wrong industry altogether. Just keep pushing through it. Everyone has doubts at times. Everyone is confused and overwhelmed at times. You have to push through it and stay the course.

Also, go through our Logbook Rules and Truck Weight & Balance sections in our High Road Training Program. You're going to need to know that stuff in order to do your job out there.

Best of luck to ya and let us know how things go.

Brett,

Thanks for the information and heads up. I definitely plan on going hard. I also wanna thank you for this site. Without it I wouldn't have passed the CDL permit tests. I'm going to start going through the Logbook Rules and Truck Weight & Balance sections today. I'll try posting once I get there to give current updates about the program.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Celadon Driving Academy

Leaving in 11 days for Celadon. Anybody have any tips on what to expect? I already have my CDL permit and DOT physical completed. Also have a passport.

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