Central Tech Truck Driving School In Drumright,OK

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Jean H.'s Comment
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Graduating this week from Central Tech in Drumright,OK. What an AWESOME school! Great staff, dozens of late model tractors and a huge variety of trailers...flatbeds,vans, tankers, etc.

Here's what I posted on Trucking Truth's Facebook page and it is absolutely the truth: I did a LOT of research before entering a CDL School. Heard and read some real horror stories about schools both private and company sponsored. Find a school that is an ACCREDITED & PTDI certified school! Laws are changing and the PTDI Certification may become necessary. I found my best option at Central Tech in Drumright, OK. It's a state run accredited vocational school with PTDI Certification and an AMAZING staff of instructors. The campus is 40+ acres of blacktop roads and they have dozens of new and late model tractors and trailers for use by students. Out of state tuition is $4800 and resident is just $2800. Get an Oklahoma drivers license and you're considered a resident with no requirement for length of residency. You will be provided a room at a local hotel as part of your tuition. Nothing great but a bed nonetheless. The school is VERY respected by most companies. One of the best in the nation! By the way, you'll need a CDL-A Permit before attending the school. The High Road online CDL training course at TruckingTruth.com was a valuable resource for me in passing the written test for my CDL-A and endorsements before I went to Central Tech. USE IT!

Whether you are sponsored or paying out of your own pocket Central Tech is a great choice! No I don't work there or don't represent them in any way professionally. Just one happy alum!

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.
Tracey K.'s Comment
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Glad to hear you are almost finished. Sound like a very good school. Thank you for letting everyone know. I just finished from a Tech school myself. For the second time in my life. Profile will explain.

Did you get the WIA grant? If you did would you help the future drivers out by going to this website to tell a short story and show your support. WIA is a Federal grant that the trucking industry could loose if we don't show our support.

http://napftds.org/

Down at the bottom of the page is a SAVE OUR WIA link to click on.

If you have already done so. Thank you.thank-you.gif

Keep us informed of the coming weeks. Let us know how you are doing.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Bucket's Comment
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After hours of research decided on this school. Started 5/4/16. Scheduled to test on the 25 and receive ptdi certificate 6/3/16. I have pre-hire from Swift and US. Express. We were introduced to our truck on Friday. Yesterday pre-trip, today coupling /uncoupling and maybe straight back if time permits. XPO is looking to be my best fit. Swift has a Hobby Lobby with three months otr. Anyone care to tell me about that dedicated run?

Dedicated Run:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."

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.

Pre-hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

Sean D.'s Comment
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I graduate from CT in 2 days. AWESOME program. I almost can't believe how much I've learned in one month. I feel great about getting started in the industry. I'm more prepared than I ever could have expected. If you're considering a driving school in Oklahoma, do yourself a favor and quit looking. Central Tech is your school.

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