Our States Funding Cut

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Alexander D.'s Comment
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On the day I was suppose to start school (July 11th) our State was unable to fund me going to school. Even though I am disappointed there's a chance I can start school in September (if they balance our budget). I thought about getting a loan from the bank............................. anyway feeling defeated as I was focused and committed to moving forward on this. Can I still study on my own and take all the tests at the DMV? I'm in the process of researching this and then getting a job starting off slow with a local company but I heard they want drivers with at least two or more years of OTR experience. I'm not exactly sure what I'm going to do but I'm going to keep asking questions and getting information. Has anyone gotten a loan to go to school?

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Steve L.'s Comment
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On the day I was suppose to start school (July 11th) our State was unable to fund me going to school. Even though I am disappointed there's a chance I can start school in September (if they balance our budget). I thought about getting a loan from the bank............................. anyway feeling defeated as I was focused and committed to moving forward on this. Can I still study on my own and take all the tests at the DMV? I'm in the process of researching this and then getting a job starting off slow with a local company but I heard they want drivers with at least two or more years of OTR experience. I'm not exactly sure what I'm going to do but I'm going to keep asking questions and getting information. Has anyone gotten a loan to go to school?

I got a loan through credit union and my company is paying me reimbursement.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Some companies will reimburse you for what you pay for training. There may be limitations, for example what school you go to. Also, have you considered Paid CDL Training Programs? Yes you can study on your own and get you learners permit. In some states you will need your DOT physical first. For your studying have you tried High Road Training Program? 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.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Scott M's Comment
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What is the name of the state funding that is being cut? Does the cut affect WIA- workforce investment act- which I believe is federal funding?

Alexander D.'s Comment
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Yes I may still move forward with a loan from a bank.

Yes, actually I just found out about this WIA and registered and am meeting with them tomorrow! I am in Illinois and well they just can't balance their budget here apparently.

I'll look into the High Road Training Program after I finish this post -- I am staying clear , at least for now of Co. Sponsored Training Programs due to people saying going to a College was better.

Thanks

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Here is a link to our information about the WIOA program (formerly WIA):

Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act

I'm in the process of researching this and then getting a job starting off slow with a local company but I heard they want drivers with at least two or more years of OTR experience

Ironically, local driving is often far more difficult than over the road driving. Local jobs usually entail making multiple stops each day to places that are difficult to get to in busy cities and suburbs. You spend a lot of your time in heavy traffic, on tight schedules, and backing into difficult docks.

Over the road driving gives you a lot more time on the open Interstates and you're often backing at larger distribution centers and truck stops. The schedules aren't usually as tight, you're not spending all of your time in major cities, and you're not backing into 10 places every day. Not every local job is like that, of course, but overall that's how it works. So normally you'll need at least a few months of over the road experience before local gigs will give you a shot.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Over The Road:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

WIOA:

WIOA - Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (aka WIA)

Formerly known as the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), the WIOA was established in 1998 to prepare youth, adults and dislocated workers for entry and reentry into the workforce. WIOA training funds are designed to serve laid-off individuals, older youth and adults who are in need of training to enter or reenter the labor market. A lot of truck drivers get funding for their CDL training through WIOA.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Oh, I forgot to say, go through our awesome information for new drivers before you make too many decisions - lots of stuff you'll want to know:

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.
Alexander D.'s Comment
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Ok Thanks

Retha M.'s Comment
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Hello guys, I'm new here but will say I love your training program. Went today to get permit but there was no one to give it to me. I am going in the morning. The material on here has given me the confidence I need to pass any written exam. So everyone new should use it. I chose company sponsored schooling because I will need the OTR experience in the long run. Have to start somewhere!

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Buster's Buddy's Comment
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-- I am staying clear , at least for now of Co. Sponsored Training Programs due to people saying going to a College was better.

Thanks

The two aren't mutually contradictory. I went through XPO Logistics' (formerly Con-way) Company sponsored training. They sent me to Crowder College in Neosho MO. I believe it is an excellent program. No pay while in training but full room and board is covered (except only 2 meals served on weekends).

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

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