Lake Cumberland CDL School And Other Questions

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Steve M.'s Comment
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Good evening all, I am recently unemployed and am considering a change in Career. My previous Career is hard to get a good job at my age (45), since it is considered a young man's career. I have some money saved up and am considering going to CDL school on my own dime. Lake Cumberland offers a CDL school through Gateway Community College (KCTCS), more information can be found here: http://gateway.kctcs.edu/~/media/Gateway/Corporate%20College/GatewayCDLFlyer2016Updated10262015.ashx

I have read all the guides and threads pertaining to this exciting new career and feel it suits me perfectly. I plan on going through training in February (hopefully after the winter's done with snow). There is also an Averitt Trucking station less then 3 miles from my home, so my questions are:

1. Anyone know anything about their training program? 2. Does Averitt hire recent Graduates?

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Perkdaddy's Comment
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I graduated from Lake Cumberland in Mt. Sterling. I had some issues with the school myself. Too many students, not enough trucks, and some of the instructors there to me were only there for the paycheck. Took me 11 weeks to get my cdl , but that was a combination of me not catching on to backing quick enough, and the instructor at the time not wanting to be bothered to teach me since I had some trouble. The last 2 weeks, they got a new instructor there that genuinely wanted to teach, or I would not have passed when I did.

As far as Averitt hiring from there, yes they do. That is where I will be working once I get a medical hold issue straightened up.

Good Luck

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Errol V.'s Comment
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Steve, welcome to Trucking Truth where we do our best to answer Trucking and truck school (and other) questions as best we can.

I didn't see Averitt in our list of Trucking Companies, but if you go to the Averitt Web site you can see what they say. A note: there's a requirement for "Averitt approved schools", and you can check with an Averitt recruiter about those.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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Steve, welcome to Trucking Truth where we do our best to answer Trucking and truck school (and other) questions as best we can.

I didn't see Averitt in our list of Trucking Companies, but if you go to the Averitt Web site you can see what they say. A note: there's a requirement for "Averitt approved schools", and you can check with an Averitt recruiter about those.

That entire section needs updating, on cdl sponsored schools, and companies that hire rookies. All great info, but somewhat outdated.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Susan D. 's Comment
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Ditto what perkdaddy said about Lake Cumberland. See my posts in the training section which I gave up posting on due to tons of canceled classes and issues... I was supposed to be done a month ago. My situation was that I am in a normally not offered weekend class, but very unorganized. I believe our special class session really strained their available resources (trucks) and instructors as we had 4 of their trucks in Elizabethtown for our classes and they were pulled from other locations. Some students really tore up one of their best trucks and theyre still trying to get all the repairs ironed out.

IF you go the Lake Cumberland route, don't wait til February as my employer will probably be having these weekend courses again by then. My employer allows and pays for many students which aren't necessarily suited for truck driving.

The good is, they have some excellent instructors actually. PM me if you'd like my personal list of instructors to avoid.

AVERITT: The good is they train students. The bad is the last ones I saw testing in Louisville were driving automatics and you don't want a restricted license.

If you have any questions pm me.

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