I Went To Wia

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Lisa L.'s Comment
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they will pay for extra mile school .its 2 hours away but you stay all week. who has heard of this

Starcar's Comment
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There have been quite a few rookies go thru the WIA program...They all liked it, and it sure beats having a big student contract hanging over your head.....And I think the school you have picked is a great one...SAGE...I've heard nothing but good about them. With their curriculum and length of training, it should get you ready to go out with a trainer and have a little more confidence.

Schism's Comment
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Ive contacted Employment Security here in NH , left a message . I will give them another call soon as they did not return a voice mail yet .

Not real sure what its all going to amount to since Ive had a few days of 'We don't currently hire in NH ' responses from a couple companies , so getting a cdl a might not get me very far .

Apparently , being this far north in NH is not favorable . Doing a hiring map search for most companies with 03590 returns nothing just about everyone I had hopes to talk to .

~S~

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.
HeavyHauler's Comment
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I am going through SC WIA. They are awesome. If you have the opportunity to go through the WIA then do it. They will also pay you 10-20 dollars a day for gas. Depending on which program you qualify for.

Kiwi303's Comment
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Got a cousin/brother/ex-workmate/aunt/grandfather/someone who lives in a place like TN or GA? if no-ones hiring in your area, do a deal with a rellie or a friend to be a letter drop and your new "residence" in the middle of a hiring zone.

Starcar's Comment
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Having your "mail box" at another relatives is a great idea....But when you start driving for a company, and you live in an area that they don't go, you end up not seeing your front yard very often. Personally, I think the only real fix is either look into local companies that would hire a rookie out of school, or the real desperate decision is to move....embarrassed.gif Keep lookin' Schism...I know there are truck drivers up there...I've had the misfortune of having to deliver up in that corner of truckers hell....Did I ever tell everyone that I don't lie the NEsmile.gif

Schism's Comment
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I would never use a false mailing address to get a job or training.

Starcar , after reading/researching trucking for awhile now Im well aware there is no love in the industry for the NE territory and I understand completely . The roads up here tend to be narrow , interstates more often than not have fewer travel lanes than they need , and there are almost no trucker facilities ! Toss in weather between November and late March and there is no wonder why its hated . I have no love driving through NYC , or Boston , or NJ in winter traffic in a 4wheeler , never mind a tractor trailer . Is there any wonder why some companies pay a cpm bonus in this area ? I'll get my license changed from an operators to a cdl-a somehow . But a community college cdl-a [wia etc] is not 30k miles with a Prime trainer , or 4 weeks with a Roehl mentor etc . I could get the local cdl-a and not even get a job from a mega carrier , then I would be forced to drive b class trucks seasonally dropping oil and propane with no benefits or fight for a local tractor trailer job which is doubtful .

Anyway ...thanks for the responses , I appreciate the feedback.

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.

Interstate:

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

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Lisa L.'s Comment
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-------------schism- the gov't shutdown has slowed things up some but get the schedule and just show up. sc said they are catching up but moving forward -- deweykid, what school did they send you to and did you have to stay 24/5. thats the way Extramile in bishopville works,but then again they dont get paid till i'm working

Lisa L.'s Comment
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I think some people think i meant milage when i said extra mile. the name of the school is Xtramile,that is the one the wia uses here in sc. so dew keep in touch. i'm in greenwood

Starcar's Comment
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Schism....most community colleges, private cdl schools, and the rest of them get you your permit, endorsements and then your cdl....And while you are there in school.you are putting in applications to trucking companies....Theres lots and lots of them that hire from other schools than their own..and there are some that don't HAVE cdl schools..so they have to hire drivers from SOMEWHERE....so comeone...don't limit yourself !!!! get out there and look into other schooling...and WIA...As long as the CDL school is certified, and gives you a certification...your golden !!!! You'll get your over the road training from the company you choose to drive for. They are used to that if they hire from a private school...

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.

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.

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