Free CDL Training In Indiana

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Ryan O.'s Comment
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I had made a post mid last year about me going through WorkOne to get free CDL training. I said I would give an update and I honestly have forgotten about my post until I checked my email this morning. That post may be hard to find since it is so long ago, so I will refresh. I am a convicted felon. I was 6 years past my conviction date and it was a violent crime. Not against women or children. I worked a steady job for 5 years before I decided it was enough and I was going to pursue my dream of truck driving. Finding a company willing to hire me was difficult. I was not in a desperate position, so I was not going to go to a company like Swift. I am not criticizing those that do. Its your choice, but wasn't mine. I found out about a program here in Indiana called "WorkOne". I went to the one in Lebanon, Indiana. I went in and filled out paperwork. Then had to do 12 hours of class time in the adult learning center. Basically they have me a pretest to see if I was at a 9th grade level. Then after 12 hours, I get a post test showing I am still at least at a 9th grade level. It is okay if you do not do well on the pretest. That is what the 12 hours of class time is for. I breezed through all of that and then waited for the state to send WorkOne my school money. I had to wait several months for this. The reason is they have two Fiscal times during the yea. Basically they get funding in January and July. I completed class time in April, so they lacked funds. Finally in July they put me in school. I was sent down to C1 Trucking school in Indianapolis. I had already gotten my permit and medical BEFORE school. WorkOne will pay for both of these, but I got them on my own. I wanted to be ahead of the game. I stuck my nose in the book and kept my mouth shut, unless I had a question to ask. I was out of there in 3 weeks with a CDL. I took me two times to past my test. I had to drive myself to school and lived exactly 1 hour from the school. They do however reimburse you with fuel. They gave me 25 cents a mile. I have not had to pay one dime back, like I was told. I am also a free agent. No ties or contracts. I turned down many times, before training, with truck companies. This is because of my felony. I was promised a job by a company that does all the hauling for NHK. I was turned down for it, because they stopped hiring drivers and was slow because of the July shut down for the factory. I searched on craiglist and found a driving job with a farm. This is fulltime work year around. When we do not haul for the farm, we haul for ADM, Cargill, ect.. Pays hourly. I have been doing this for 6 months now. Absolutely love what I do and for once in my life I am happy and do not even feel like I am going to work at all. I love my job. I love driving a big truck. This is a program I would like for everyone in Indiana to know about. Lots of people in the school from Indiana, wished they had done what I had done. They was contracted through Swift and PAM. Just walked into a WorkOne and ask about the CDL training. The best option is the one in Lebanon. I tried the one in Lafayette and they said I "made too much money". Honestly, it was because I was a felon and they did not take me seriously at all. This may end up being the case with your work one, so keep trying the other facilities if it does.

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.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Big Scott's Comment
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Congratulations. Good luck in your driving career. I'm glad you found something you enjoy. Many people want to start with a local job like yours. Depending on where one lives, the type and quantity of local jobs vary.

In many states these programs are called WIOA and are often found through your states labor department. Some companies that offer tuition reimbursement will pay you the cost of thaf program even if you don't have to pay anything back.

Should you ever want to travel the country take a look at CFI. They look at one's past mistakes on a case by case basis. They give many people a second chance.

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.

Fm:

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.
Errol V.'s Comment
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Ryan, if you touch on any name on a post avatar, you get a members profile. There you will see a link to that member's Comment History.

Yours lists that first post:

Anyone Interested In Getting A CDL In Indiana, Check This Out..

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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