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Kim T.'s Comment
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It’s been steady all day. Lots to absorb, figuring out where I am supposed to be, finding time to eat.

I was going through my orientation process and got through everything except the doctor. I was 7th in line and they came out to tell us to come back at 9:30 in the morning...they were shutting down for the day. LOL So close! BUT, I’ve passed everything so far. Wooooohoooooo!!!!

I’ve started the CBT’s and have Sim class at 9:00 tonight...I’m in group D and they rotate us so this will be the only time I have the late time slot.

I’m sitting here looking at all the trucks and I cannot wait until I get one of them. I am going to put in 110% to succeed at this.

Stephanie K.'s Comment
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I am sure you will do fine. When you want something bad enough and are willing to put in the time, as well as, the effort, nothing can stop you. How was the agility test? I have struggled with high BP, so I have been sticking to the DASH diet. So far it's stayed down. That's my only worry. That and lifting really heavy boxes.

Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
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Kim H.

If you need any help with anything, let your roommate Tracy B. know. She knows how to contact me (we meet last night when I brought her back after a very fruitful day).

Hope today goes well for you. Keep your chin up, all will turn out ok.

Ernie

Donna M.'s Comment
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Is Kim H here cause we haven’t heard anything from her. ????

Kim T.'s Comment
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Yeah, I haven’t heard from her either but I’m pretty sure I know who she is. Just haven’t had time to reach out to her.

Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
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Yes, she is at the Campus Inn. She didn't get into Springfield until late Monday because the Gray Dog was late. So she has been busy trying to catch up with everyone else.

Ernie

Kim T.'s Comment
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I’m glad she didn’t let the aggravation of the trip here make her give up before she even started. Maybe when things calm down for her she can get in touch with me and Donna.

Kim H., if you see this, hang in there! You will eventually get caught up. Prime, from everything I’ve heard, is very good at working with you. They want you to succeed.

Regina's Comment
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I went to prime in june. The most amazing and empowering experience of my life. Was sent home a couple weeks ago unfortunately without my cdl. I believe prime s program is wonderful however my personal life couldnt stay in my home state and allow me to focus on the task at hand. Would appreciate any advice on what my next step should be to try and salvage the opportunity to go forward in this industry.

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.
Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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Regina- The home life has to be taken care of or this will not work. Once that is done, if you need to stay close to home there are many local and regional companies that will hire on. I don't know Oklahoma, so coming from California I know of at least 25 companies just in my home town of Sacramento that are always hiring. But also you must have your CDL first! Maybe old school or Big Scott even Brett might know if there are any options for you.

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.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

Kim T.'s Comment
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Drum roll please....I passed my physical, drug test, AND all four parts of my permit on my first try!!!! OMG my heart is still pounding. LOL

Regina, I agree with Robert, you have to get the home stuff taken care of before starting all of this. Yes, you cannot prepare for everything that may ever happen in the future but you need to take care of as much as you can. Good luck!

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