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    Champaign, IL

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    Rookie Solo Driver

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    5 years, 9 months ago

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Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Graduating from 160 Driving Academy and Onward to HO Wolding

160 Driving Academy Run Down

I always knew that the local community college offered CDL training courses, what I didn't know that three or four years it was outsourced to the 160 Driving Academy. I had little information. I started investigating the school sometime in late April and it only took two or three days for me to determine this was the route I was going to take. The great thing about the 160 Academy is that there is several options for financing, luckily i had the opportunity to explore these options.

160 Driving Academy offered the following financing options:

- Full Self- Sponsorship/Self Pay. This is pretty self explanatory, you pay for the cost of the school and nothing more. I believe this was in the range of $3500 - $4000 for the four week course. - State Sponsored. This is the option that if you were receiving unemployment that the state will train you for the new skill or pay the cost of it. - Company Sponsorship. This is the most popular as far as what I heard and this is the route I am taking. There were a list of four different companies in-which would foot the bill for the program as long as you commit to them for a certain amount of time. The four options for companies were Swift Transportation, PAM Transport, Schneider and HO Wolding.

I took the first step and expressed the interest in the Swift sponsorship, however after continuous research and based off of our member Patricks experience I switch and decided to go with HO Wolding. I agreed upon a one year commitment with them for the assistance in covering the training.

I set my start date for April 29th and would begin full time training until the four weeks were complete. The instructors Sherry and another gentlemen (for the life of me I cannot remember his name) were absolutely wonderful. They had one goal and that was to make sure you passed your CDL test. Week one was strictly studying for the permit exam an oddly would only study general knowledge, air brakes and combination. On Friday I would pass all three tests and receive my permit. The following three weeks followed continuous review of the pretrip guide and skills. In my class there was a total of nine of us. Split into two groups four then five. I was apart of the group whom would do shifting and road practice in the afternoon and skills and pretrip in the morning. It was a bit rocky with the students in my group, but we survived. Upon testing I passed pretrip and skills with flying colors...it wasn't until the darn driving course I hit the brick wall. Upon making my last turn I was clouded by confidence and hugged the curb a bit too much. Second day I was able to pass with a "smooth" score according to my instructor.

In all I recommend the 160 Driving Academy to those who are able to learn at a fast pace and are able to do a lot of self teaching. Luckily I had prior experience to be able to know what to expect and have basic skills. By no means should you let confidence cloud you. It will guide you to a lot of headaches. Multiple students learned the hard way. Out of our class of 9, 8 passed. That is a good turn out!

If you have any questions about 160 Driving Academy have no hesitation in asking questions.

Stay tuned for the next chapter.....Day 1.....Amherst, WI....HO Wolding.

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Tomorrow’s The Big Day

Brandon, you will have to let us know how it goes. Unfortunately, I won't be available to train you. My wife cracked her whip and sitting in the jump seat for the next 4 weeks.

Drive Safe and God Speed.

Well darn. But she is your wife! Enjoy it. I'm enjoying a quick break before doing a road test. Last night was a restless night. I sure will be ready for some shut eye soon. I'll start the diary today at somepoint.

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Tomorrow’s The Big Day

Good luck, I'm starting my last week of school tomorrow.

Awesome! What’s your move after that?

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Tomorrow’s The Big Day

Well I’m off to Amherst, WI tomorrow. I’ll be taken the ol Greyhound, thankfully only a seven hour ride compared to others. I’m looking forward to being apart of the HO Wolding family. I’ll keep y’all update :)

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Today’s the day!

HO Wolding

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Today’s the day!

Well after good luck ran through my pretrip test and my backing; it ran out on my road test. On my last turn I rubbed the curb. Thankfully he examiner acknowledged that I was able to drive and agreed to take me on another spin and on that one I aced it with zero points..so at this point I am a Class A CDL holder with the state of Illinois. Spending the next few weeks getting everything together then I’m off for orientation on June 4th.

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Today’s the day!

Today was a success! No points on the pretrip. Tomorrow is backing skills and road test. Two didn’t make it today but I’m confident they’ll get it tomorrow!

Posted:  4 years, 3 months ago

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Today’s the day!

As I’ve mentioned before I started CDL school about four weeks ago. Well today’s the big day...testing today. Unfortunately with the size of our class (9 students) we only can do pretrip today and skills and road tomorrow. I feel confident about passing. Just gotta remember not to release the clutch so quick. I’ll keep y’all updated!

Posted:  4 years, 3 months ago

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Quick Update

Thanks all!

Patrick I suppose a trainer would be needed haha. I’m looking forward to it! Trucks are blue right? Haha 🤣

Illinois CDL testing is so much different than Missouri where I previously had mine. Although they are going to national standards starting in July.

Posted:  4 years, 3 months ago

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Quick Update

Previously I had mentioned on here that I was returning to the industry and going back through a academy in Champaign, Illinois.

I am now ending my third week of school entering my fourth, I take my pretrip and backing on Thursday and road test on Friday. That’s if everything goes according to plan which I am confident that it will. I’ve booked my orientation with HO Wolding for June 5th. Man the closer it comes the more eager it is to get things rolling. My class started with 10 and ended with 9. Unfortunately the gentlemen couldn’t make it passed permitting.

Just wanted to give y’all an update. I appreciate everyone here!

Brandon

Posted:  4 years, 3 months ago

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Another shot!

I finally checked out the promo video. Well now your the face of the company! First step HO Wolding next step Hollywood!

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Another shot!

Thanks for the bump haha! I got lost in the topics. But thanks Patrick, you were one of the reasons I decided to go with HO Wolding.

And now that you’ve mentioned the video....I must watch. Haha!

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Another shot!

Thanks Rob! I’m sure I’ll have time at the beginning to do a diary. It sounds like a great program.

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Another shot!

Hi All,

About a year ago I began my journey in the professional driving career with Prime. About two weeks in it derailed when my grandma fell ill and I could no longer commit. I left Prime. While I say it was one of the biggest mistakes I’ve ever made, they were amazing in getting me home. Finally a little under a year later I’m back on track, clean slate and ready for the adventure. Unfortunately while speaking to Prime I am unable to come back through their program because of being an Illinois resident. I am not sure if something changed in the past year. While it’s not possible immediately I still look forward to working with them in the next few years.

Over the past few weeks I’ve worked with the 160 Driving Academy in Champaign, Illinois on getting scheduled to a class. I had a few companies to chose from to apply for sponsorship Swift, Pam Transport, Schneider, and HO Wolding. I was approved by Swift as well as HO Wolding. I did decide to go with HO Wolding due to several reasons including their training and what type of runs they have. I still didn’t mind going with Swift as I felt they have so much to offfer. I’m extremely happy with the choice that I made though. I have my DOT scheduled for today and I start class on Monday April 23. I just wanted to update y’all on my journey. Everyone on this forum provides such great advice and that’s why I continue to want this career (among other reasons to 🙂). I may start a diary on the school and training journey, we’ll just have to see.

I’m glad to be back on the saddle and furthering in this adventure.

Brandon

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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Prime Bound

Me Dan!

I'll be there too! Maybe we'll see each other!

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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Prime - 4/3

I start Primes orientation on 4-3! Anyone attending this date? I leave Champaign probably Sunday 4/2 - I should know more next week! I'm looking forward to it!!!! I'm working on the studying as much as I can while vactationing in the Sunshine State - Daytona Beach, FL to be exact. The ocean waves are a bit of a distraction ahah!

Posted:  5 years, 5 months ago

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So it begins!

Got the call from my recruiter this afternoon! Holly is such a great rep for this company! I'm approved to start! I know it's only the beginning and I have a lot to prove, but damnit I'm excited! Some family isn't to happy but I've tried explaining my case. Oh well!

Posted:  5 years, 5 months ago

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So it begins!

Thank you! Advice will surly noted! I always stress! Considering my current position.

I'm excited for the road in front of me!

Posted:  5 years, 5 months ago

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So it begins!

Hi all! My names Brandon. I have been lurking the forums for the past few months hidden in the background. I've had the trucking path on my mind for over a year now. I ended up narrowing it down to a few choices for company sponsored trainings. But honestly Prime won me over, all because of Rainy and a couple others. I am currently a 911 Dispatcher in Central Illinois. And while I love my job, I hate sitting behind a desk. I recently processed my application with Prime Inc and will be starting the program April 3rd. I'm extremely nervous! I just want to say thanks to all on TT, you really provided someone with not a clue about this industry to some foundation of what it takes. I hope to see y'all on the road eventually!

Posted:  5 years, 9 months ago

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Starting My Journey...Help!

I just read that, I'm glad we caught that! I was planning the 14th as well but had some issues arise some i pushing back a bit.

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