Best Truck Driving School In The Country

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Sam Herding's Comment
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I just finished a 12 week program at one of the top rated Truck Drivng schools in this country. That school is Fox Vally Techincal College in Appleton, Wisconsin, they teach you more stuff then any other school in the country and I by a long shot recommend the place to anyone. It's cheap unlike other schools. Please check out the school, the instructors are very nice and professional and they have some nice trucks. I do recommend thw school if you are oooking for your career as a truck driver.

Old School's Comment
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Sam, congratulations!

Are they assisting you with job placement? If so, how's that going?

Sam Herding's Comment
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I just graduated, I no longer attend and they have job fairs.

P.s my name isn't Sam, don't want to gice my real name out

Sam, congratulations!

Are they assisting you with job placement? If so, how's that going?

Old School's Comment
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Ummm, Yeah... my name isn't Old School either, but don't let Daniel B know that. smile.gif

Rick S.'s Comment
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Ummm, Yeah... my name isn't Old School either, but don't let Daniel B know that. smile.gif

LOL...

The better schools seem to be the state/county education system schools. They also tend to be the least expensive - usually running $2K or under. So they tend to be the most cost-effective (versus the $4-6K "private schools"), but the least "time effective" taking months longer than other courses.

As far as "the best" - most of them tend to be 9-12 week courses (320 hours +), and this is more to fulfill an hours/curriculum requirement set by the dept of education, than necessarily an industry one.

And graduates will still find themselves getting hires at companies that hire "recent graduates", or training companies that do their own in-house CDL courses.

Not knocking your school there Sam. Though I doubt folks are going to move to Wisconsin to attend it either.

Rick

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.
Sam Herding's Comment
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People from out of statw go there and they just stay at hotel during the duration

or temporary get a apartment And thusnprogram is 336 hours

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Ummm, Yeah... my name isn't Old School either, but don't let Daniel B know that. smile.gif

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LOL...

The better schools seem to be the state/county education system schools. They also tend to be the least expensive - usually running $2K or under. So they tend to be the most cost-effective (versus the $4-6K "private schools"), but the least "time effective" taking months longer than other courses.

As far as "the best" - most of them tend to be 9-12 week courses (320 hours +), and this is more to fulfill an hours/curriculum requirement set by the dept of education, than necessarily an industry one.

And graduates will still find themselves getting hires at companies that hire "recent graduates", or training companies that do their own in-house CDL courses.

Not knocking your school there Sam. Though I doubt folks are going to move to Wisconsin to attend it either.

Rick

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.
Rick S.'s Comment
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Not knocking the course or school Sam.

Most of the courses of this nature are very similar.

I could say that MY SCHOOL was THE BEST (McFatter Vocational/Technical School). Similar hours and curriculum. I'm still friendly with all my instructors (even though I graduated 7 years ago). I may even RE-DO the course (as they don't offer a refresher) just to re-hone my skills and get back into a truck.

Or I may just go over to Ryder and RENT a tractor & trailer for a few days (LOL).

The fact remains that MOST NEW ENTRANTS are going to go the COMPANY SPONSORED TRAINING ROUTE. It is the fastest and least $$-out-of-pocket way to go. It pretty much guarantees you a job on completion, and gets you out EARNING instead of SPENDING.

Rick

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.

JakeBreak's Comment
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Roehl sends students there from their cdl program. Did they let you drive the skid pad? That's about the only thing I wanna try just to see what it feels like.

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.
Deb R.'s Comment
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Yo, "Sam"! I totally second your motion, Fox Valley Tech is awesome! I went there exactly two years ago, and was very impressed with the program. And yes, JakeBrake, we got to do the skid pad. I jackknifed that flatbed so hard, I put the seatbelt to good use. It was fun and sobering at the same time. Made me realize how quickly it can happen, and how bad it would be!

Sam Herding's Comment
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It's required to graduate

Roehl sends students there from their cdl program. Did they let you drive the skid pad? That's about the only thing I wanna try just to see what it feels like.

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.
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