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Dutch's Comment
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Sam, there is so much red tape involved in these processes, sometimes it can make you feel like a lot of the process is totally out of your hands even when common sense tells you that you should have zero problems.

I remember back during my 3rd week at C1, they called me into the office, and started questioning me about my unemployment period prior to attending training. I explained to them that I had told the recruiter that after being laid off, I had been drawing my unemployment during that time. Then they wanted to see all my unemployment check stubs, or something equivalent. I told them they were back at home, and I could have brought them with me, if they had only let me know. I had listed "drawing unemployment," on my application, and asked the recruiter if I needed to bring proof of it, but over the phone he didn't make an issue of it.

So I asked them would it be possible for me to go to the unemployment website where I filed weekly, and make a copy of my record of received payments. At first they said yes, but then the next day they said that it would need to be mailed from the State of Alabama. So I got on the phone, to request a copy from the State of Alabama, and was told I could get what I needed, but it would take 6 weeks to process it.

When I went back and told them that they replied, "Never mind, just forget about it."

All this uncertainty took about a week to play out before I could forget about it, and go back to concentrating on passing my tests.

Looking back on it now, it was just a sample of what was to come down the road. If you are the type person that gives up easily, trucking ain't for you, that's for sure.

Sam the Wrestler's Comment
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Thanks Dutch, but I haven't given up, just down. Still applying.

Kaydie's Comment
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I would love to drive for CRST, but they are the only company to turn my wife down lol. A rolling stop got her a careless ticket four years ago. No one else has cared about it.


Celadon has great training and loves teams. You guys could try them out.

This is true about Celadon, the training and accommodations have been great to me so far. A very people oriented company, concerned with helping you succeed. Give them a try.

ChickieMonster's Comment
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Have you checked with Roehl? Their school is supposed to be amazing! Not sure about their team driving gigs, but they were one of top picks for going solo.

Sam the Wrestler's Comment
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Thanks. I have applied to Celadon. Unfortunately, Roehl isn't hiring in my area. But ty for the info.

Nathan N.'s Comment
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Thanks. I have applied to Celadon. Unfortunately, Roehl isn't hiring in my area. But ty for the info.

Good luck, you can do it!

Sam the Wrestler's Comment
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Thanks. I know I was whining at the beginning, but I haven't given up.

ChickieMonster's Comment
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Where there is a will, there is a way!! Have you checked with US Xpress? They love husband and wife teams but I'm not sure if they have a school.

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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Thanks. I know I was whining at the beginning, but I haven't given up.

You were frustrated and venting, it's to be expected. You re gained your composure, did some research and have adjusted the plan accordingly. That's the path of a successful person.

J Johns's Comment
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Aw man. sorry.gif I hate to hear that things have gone that way. Would it be possible to call & explain yourself to someone in the Prime PSD program? I know they've accepted back into the program people who had to leave for family reasons. If Prime is the problem, then it's true that there are many great companies out there & being determined to persevere will get you into one sooner or later.


Prime Student Driver

Prime Inc has a CDL training program and the first phase is referred to as PSD. You'll get your permit and then 10,000 miles of on the road instruction.

The following is from Prime's website:

Prime’s PSD begins with you obtaining your CDL permit. Then you’ll go on the road with a certified CDL instructor for no less than 75 hours of one-on-one behind the wheel training. After training, you’ll return to Prime’s corporate headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, for final CDL state testing and your CDL license.

Obtain CDL Permit / 4 Days

  • Enter program, study and test for Missouri CDL permit.
  • Start driving/training at Prime Training Center in Springfield, Missouri.
  • Work toward 40,000 training dispatched miles (minimum) with food allowance while without CDL (Food allowance is paid back with future earnings).

On-the-Road Instruction / 10,000 Miles

  • Train with experienced certified CDL instructor for 3-4 weeks in a real world environment.
  • Get 75 hours of behind-the-wheel time with one-on-one student/instructor ratio.
  • Earn 10,000 miles toward total 40,000 miles needed.
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