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    Colville, WA

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    In CDL School

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    6 years, 7 months ago

Sweet Potato's Bio

I am now heading back to Indy to restart my schooling with Celadon wish me luck!! I feel much more prepared for what lies ahead and I know I got this!!

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Posted:  11 months, 3 weeks ago

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Jim Palmer Wilson Logistics training Montana

Trying trying to get some information or a female perspective from Jim Palmer. I have wanted to go to the school since they opened. What I'm trying to find out is the requirements. I have a really squeaky clean record both criminal and driving. I have all my paperwork ready. I am really ready to take my permit test again. (Did this once before at another company). Going back three years I only had one small employment gap. And that was because we were moving out of state. I am 46 married with no kids. And I am so ready to do this! Any direction I should go should I just call them.

Day 3 04/03/2019

Van picked us up at 7am. This morning. So funny to arrive at 7:10 and still be sitting here an hour later... but it'll only be 20 minutes more. Haha. Ok, more time to review pretrip.

We signed our CDL school contract. Simply put, the cost is $3500 and at no time will $ be deducted from your pay. At 6 months $1750 is forgiven. At 12 months the remaining $1750 is forgiven. So stick around for a year and no cost to you. Even if you were to leave after 6 months, you'll only pay 1/2. Really very fair and one of the best agreements out there in my opinion, and a more than fair price for training when compared to others.

Overall so far, I am impressed. I like the small feel making it more personalized, you are you and not a number. Everyone is very friendly and encouraging.

The Wilson's (Father and son) we are told are very approachable and we are encouraged to stop in and say hi if they are here as they like to know there drivers.

More later as the day progresses.

About 1pm Darwin took us out for a pre-trip run through then into the truck to pull forward and straight back, then out to a 45 degree angle to back. Also had a student pull out to show the angle you'll want to take a picture of in your mind for the 90 degree back. I did all right as he helped me and wow, what a thrill! Oh yeah, the 2 students that had to still pass their permit test did it. We are still a group of 5.

And that concluded our day. Tomorrow out on the roads driving Cheers!

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Finally over come the hurdles

Did sage help with the cost of the motel? Just curious as I was thinking of them but all of them are so far away from me.

Posted:  4 years, 3 months ago

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Alot are asking about Lil Carolina Here is an update

Best of luck, if I'm in Indy anytime next month I'll have to PM you and buy you lunch.

I am not exactly sure when I will be there yet.. The Oregon DMV is super slow and they messed up with my Permit.. You can find me on Facebook under Monica Carpenter if you like..

Posted:  4 years, 3 months ago

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Alot are asking about Lil Carolina Here is an update

Hey everyone! I am the one that used to be called Lil Carolina and here is an update! Yes I did attend Celadon/Quality Drivers back in 2013 Yes I did go home early.. I had too much going on back then and I just wasn't prepared for what this industry really is about. I do not blame Celadon or any of the other students.. I simply had to figure some Life out before I attempted this again.. So here it is 2016, and yes I am heading back in the next month or so.. I am not sure when I will leave as of yet. So update on procedure.. back then we had to transfer our licenses to Indiana and become a temporary resident in order to get our permits, well now you get a permit in your home state,which I have done. Oregon on the other hand has really got to get there stuff together, I have a permit just not in my hand.. Instead of sending me my permit they sent me 3 copies of my DL LOL yes funny but frustrating.. I will be handling this on Friday.. They want me to retake the combination portion of the tests as it has been a few months back. After I finally receive that in my hand I will contact my recruiter again and let her know so that we can schedule a date.. I know that its a long journey, I know what to expect this time around. I also know that I will be sharing my practice time with possibly hundreds of other students! I am going to utilize my down time to practice and work on the pre trip. I will not let anything get me down this time! Trucking is what you make it!! Secondly, I don't expect to be rich my first year, I know the wages suck.. I am not about making money at this point, I am about learning, and getting the experience I need so that I can move on to better things..

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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Starting Prime 11/30/15

I wasnt aware that they are transferable.. btw my friend Misty is there right now she arrived last night and started this morning.. I cant wait to join her..

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I wasnt sure if we were allowed to use the Permit from our own state or not? any insight on this? I have an Oregon Permit good for a year

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I have my learners. I took the test here in Virginia.

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My roommate said if we have our permit from our home state we will be put in group D and we will go to the DMV first tomorrow to transfer them to Missouri.

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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Starting Prime 11/30/15

I wasnt sure if we were allowed to use the Permit from our own state or not? any insight on this? I have an Oregon Permit good for a year

I have my learners. I took the test here in Virginia.

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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My First Week at Celadon Indianapolis

I am so glad that I was proactive before applying this time. I have a trainer lined up already. Celadon approved. Thank goodness I kept in touch with people there.

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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My First Week at Celadon Indianapolis

They only do urine.

Is drug test ua only or both. I'm a bald guy 28th minimal hair else where. Just wondering don't want to get rejected.

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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Can I be accepted into paid for school with my work history

There are a few companies out there that will work with you, You will just have to do the paperwork. Get a few notorized letters from people who knew what you were doing other than sitting back with a few beers on the sofa.. I had the same issue coming from being a stay at home mom and they worked with me.. And there were more willing to accept me and I had to make my own decision as to where to go.. I will list a few.. Swift, Celadon, Jim Palmer Trucking, Prime, and a brand new one XPO Logistics (the old Conway) infact I spoke with them more than once and wanted to go there but location was a factor they just opened up a new school which provides food, lodging and transportation at their cost.. If you have any questions or need advice hit me up on here or email monicabauer@frontier.com Good Luck!

Doug, thanks for the honest and straightforward reply. No offense taken. I figured it was a long shot, which is why I asked the other questions.

It seems I will need to go back to my most recent job and start building a more stable verifiable work history.

Any idea on how long it might take me, working steadily in a verifiable job, to have a shot at being accepted for a company-sponsored training program?

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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My First Week at Celadon Indianapolis

That is great that they saw there was a problem with the backing range and did something to fix it.. Pre trip I had down I could say it in my sleep but yes making sure I review it.. I still have the sheets max gave me not sure if there are any changes on that.. Katie has been a great recruiter which totally blew me away I remember my recruiter before took pulling teeth to communicate.. It makes a girl feel great to know you are being treated well.. I saw the simulator on Facebook the other day and I want to try that thing just to see if it helps or not.. I am not worried about learning my backing maneuvers as I still have them memorized like it was yesterday however practice is what I need.. And those break tests and in cab Ya I am pretty sure I have them down just not too thrilled about preforming it for an audience (didn't know I was trying out for an acting job) Just kidding.. So how many weeks did it take you to test? just curious

@sweet potato Yea max is the best but you'll be happy to know that they switched up a few things(but my mostly everything on my post is the same except these two new things) on how they do the range now. Before it was a bunch of people vying for a spot to get in the truck. Now since they have so many people they switched up to giving out times in two hour increments. So it'll be a certain amount at one time then the next two hours another group comes out to the range. Second thing...They've also added 4 simulators to the classroom next to Max's class. So you'll get some practice on that. But im sorry to say you will do that safe start, in cab inspection, and air brake check verbally in front of everyone. But one tip from a guy who is headed to North Carolina tomorrow to do some local runs(check for my post on this in about 5 minutes) with a local trainer...study the H.E double hockey sticks outta that pre trip inspection. It's what's hurting most students when they go do the cdl test. Best of luck to you. Any specific question you can private message me and I'll be happy to answer.

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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My First Week at Celadon Indianapolis

I am not sure how current this is.. I attended back in 2013 and I Love Max he was the best! We didn't have to do the brake tests or in cab in the class room that didn't come until we were in a truck but I am sure its all changed. I am actually heading back there in December as I was unable to test out due to a family issue back home. I am very ready this time and I like the fact that I am returning to the original class that taught me what I know.. So I have my permit and medical now and that sucks I have to sit in class but Max is a great guy and will always teach me something.. I really hope that I get more backing time this go round. I am more prepared and if there is any new information please let me know.. ~Sweet Potato

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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Celadon Driving Academy Denver

I am by no means doubting my ability or anything I was simply informing incase others did not know that Denver is not an option any longer.

Stay positive, keep your head up, and take advantage of every opportunity to learn. You will do great!

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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Celadon Driving Academy Indy

I have been planning on going back to Celadon for a second go round with school. I was originally scheduled to attend the Denver location but my recruiter informed me today that location has been closed. What I am looking for is some current information. Things have changed so much with them since I was there in 2013. What amount of miles are required for someone going solo. About how long did that take you to do? How is the school now? Hopefully there is someone here either in school now or who has recently completed that can answer some questions. I already have a trainer lined up and approved so that is not an issue for me. I also already have my permit and medical.

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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Celadon Driving Academy Denver

Just got a call from my recruiter and low and behold Denver is out as they have closed that location.. its off to Indy for this girl!

That is great, glad you are heading back. You will do awesome. The closest school to me, is the Gadsden, Alabama one, so I am assuming they would send me there. Still weighing my options, though.

I look forward to reading about your experiences.

Good luck, stay safe, and kick arse!

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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Contradicting Learning Material

Brett or one of the Moderators this one is for you.. I am having an issue between my State manual (Oregon) and the High Road Training and of course everywhere else I have learned in the past 3 years.. My state manual and the test I just failed says that when coupling a tractor to a trailer you must first connect the electrical wiring and then back under the trailer. However I just went over this in the Training here and it is the opposite so which is the right way??? I am confused.. I am really trying to pass but this had me really messed up!! by the way it just the combination that I failed.. can I get some insight??

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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Celadon Driving Academy Denver

Ive talked to students at multiple locations..same school that you experienced at indy. Normal student will take 4-6 weeks to get cdl,then one month with trainer. Figure 60 days from Orientation,to your own truck.

And I'm heading back as soon as I take my last test at the dmv tomorrow.. so figure a week or two to get everything back in the mail.

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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Celadon Driving Academy Denver

I am heading back to Celadon for a second chance. I am trying to find anyone who has attended the Denver school. I am not looking for the negative aspects just what it's like, how big are classes? Any difference from Indy? I left before because I had the wrong attitude about all of this.. I chose to go home on my own.. I have since grown and decided to tough it out for however long it takes. I am now going to utilize my tools here to spend down time studying and learning as much as possible. No distractions! Already have my permit so will work on relearning pre trip

Please let me know if you have attended this location..

Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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160 hours of truck driving school training

That 160 hours is not hard to get. And also remember that classroom time is also included. If you think about how long you train for and remember that your going to be in a truck every day that's pretty easy to come by and it goes by FAST. Just pay attention, dont make excuses, and study!! CDL school is not cheap by any means but these trainers are taking someone who has never been behind the wheel before and making them into Drivers that's 80,000 lbs of equipment that your responsible for so there is a reason its expensive.

Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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CL England

You are going to want to get all documentation from your doctor for any ailments you have had in the past. Also I would really research your license suspension you may not have a problem with CR however any other company you will run into problems you need to have your DL in good standing for the past year in order to get a CDL from any state. It is not up to the company its the DOL you go to. Do some research Call the Utah DOL or whatever state you are planning to attend school in.

Posted:  6 years, 2 months ago

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Number Of Test ?'s

I know in Illinois its like 20, 20, 25

it was about the same in Indiana as well

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