Closer To Finally, Pulling The Trucking School Trigger!

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Stevo VWbusman's Comment
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Well, Stevo is back lol I have been catching up on forums when I could. Well, after my butthead of boss fired me last October (no big loss) I decided it was time, to just go into trucking for next 3 years or so, until officially retiring for good, and moving to Philippines by age 62 !

I don't care what they say about no age discrimination in the job market, I'm here to say they are full of it! Any mechanic job I applied for never reply I am more than qualified to do most of them, after nearly 40 years turning a wrench. From semi's way back when,,, then automotive, forklifts heavy equipment, etc.........Trucking has no such age thing lol And I can probably make more in 1 year, than ever have as mechanic.

Anyways, I went thru our local county office, to see if I could qualify WIOA program(Slow 3 month process), go to school thru them. Which I will be doing very soon! Appointment is tomorrow with my worker(she had a week off), then she can give me the referral to school, as the counties budget is about out of funding, until July's new budget!

So, I will probably go to Road Masters in Fontana, Cal. And think I will just go with for Werner. Since they are also somehow affiliated with Road Masters. And was told its all done in-house, DOT physical, and CL Permit?? I Will have to take a drive to the school and find out all the real nitty gritty first!......Thinking better thru WIOA, than other ways, so am not tied to any long term plan, BUT I do NOT plan to jump ship from Werner,.or whoever I start out with...... I plan to stick with them possibly until I decide I am done working period! I hate job hopping anyways. Never really read anything very bad about Werner......Don't really matter, I plan to just stay out on the road, not having much family or relatives left to be home for......Gawd sometimes when I think about it, I kinda like an adult Orphan lol.....My few lifelong friends might miss me a wee bit, especially when their cars break down (been broken quite a lot lately)

Hoping I have a bit of a head start in school, having been around and working on the big trucks. And will go into all this with an open mind and no grand delusions or ego. I'm always up to learning new things, and take to heart tips n tricks I get from someone already having been there and done it! T.T. stories and diaries has been a great help keeping my head on straight on what to kind of expect and to keep an open mind even when it gets rough, which it will, I'm sure. Driving a tractor on the roads gunna be a LOT different than around in a job yard !!

Anyways, good to be back reading up on stuff here always enlightening for sure. Can't wait to just get the ball rolling down whatever path it may take....3 years 'til retiring to Asia, will fly by !

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.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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What is wrong with getting paid to train and having a one year commitment when you say you don't want to job hop. During your weeks of waiting for WIOA , you could be done with training and about ready to go solo. That's right you don't want a commitment. Most of the people who listen to us here at TT stay that minimum of one year with the company they trained with. Good luck.

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.

Stevo VWbusman's Comment
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WIOA was my ONLY option, not having worked since last October..... Been selling off my "stuff", extra cars etc, just to survive lately. Living in my 5th wheel I bought 2 years ago, in best buds back corner of his 2.5 acre yard. Living simple, self sufficient using what money I can make for gas, propane, food, etc. lol

I don't / didn't have $$, to get my CLP ($76)or take DOT physical ($75-150) which most *paid training* companies want you to have, before you show up at school. Knight was my top of list choice, but Werner will work too. And I do plan to stay with them even if I won't be locked into a 1 year contract. Which should be about a 3 year stint, until I retire to S.E. Asia :) lol

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.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Peter M.'s Comment
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Best of luck to you. Looking forward to your updates.

Marc Lee's Comment
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Best of luck to you. Looking forward to your updates.

Ran into issue with WIOA. They ran out of funding but more was coming. Meanwhile I went to (required) tech college orientation session, got my CLP , enrolled in class, got State diabetes waiver (no longer needed)...

Eventually was told "if class starts before we get our new funding we can't pay for your training." Got a few checks for expenses and commuting mileage and then had to enter into a payment plan with school.

Filed a formal grievance and was told they could pay off outstanding balance but not the almost $800 I had paid.

Disputed that and mileage computations. Now getting it all!

Good luck. Let me know if you need help!

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.

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Stevo VWbusman's Comment
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Marc Lee, Thanks, It's too close for comfort, my worker was on vacation last week, was a couple thingss I had to do before she got back, which I got all handled Friday ! My 2pm appt with her today, finished up the paperwork and got my referral.... So, tomorrow, bright and early, I'm headed down to Fontana, to have Roadmasters fill in their part. And get them papers to her ASAP! They also are running low on funding, because part of their budget was given to another office, who churns out less people!

So, soon as I get these papers in her hands, said tell school set up a tentative start date, of 15th April...So as soon as she pushes my paperwork thru her boss for finalization. She said it might take 2 weeks, but she is on it as time is not on our side.....New budgets not until July ! Jeeze been 3+ months working with the county lol no ones in any hurry for sure.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

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.
Marc Lee's Comment
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Marc Lee, Thanks, It's too close for comfort, my worker was on vacation last week, was a couple thingss I had to do before she got back, which I got all handled Friday ! My 2pm appt with her today, finished up the paperwork and got my referral.... So, tomorrow, bright and early, I'm headed down to Fontana, to have Roadmasters fill in their part. And get them papers to her ASAP! They also are running low on funding, because part of their budget was given to another office, who churns out less people!

So, soon as I get these papers in her hands, said tell school set up a tentative start date, of 15th April...So as soon as she pushes my paperwork thru her boss for finalization. She said it might take 2 weeks, but she is on it as time is not on our side.....New budgets not until July ! Jeeze been 3+ months working with the county lol no ones in any hurry for sure.

Stevo... glad you took that as intended!

NOT looking to cause concern... cautious optimism is appropriate. The "administrators" of my program is a private firm: Maximus. Sounds like yours may be the County. I think (Milwaukee Co.) was who "screwed" me last time. (Another story for another time)...

I think being able to "pull the trigger" quickly is key. You will probably be OK. But as you seem to realize... at the end of the day (and especially at the end of the week)... they go home... collect their pay and we still have to deal with our stuff!

My specific situation was I felt my best fit was one of two technical colleges which offered a weekend course. If I had gone to another school or even a class with more starting dates the timing might have worked better.

As it turns out it will probably all work out... my case manager says the voucher for the tuition and checks for remaining mileage reimbursements have been cut. Checks will come to me... school will cut check back to me at some point for the money I paid them.

I sort of (need to?) believe that things work out as they are supposed to. But this whole deal has been a bit of a fight for me.

Here's hoping yours goes smoother!

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

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.
Stevo VWbusman's Comment
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Well,I got signed up with Roadmasters today tentative April 15th start. Also found out for sure Werner bought Roadmasters....Hopefully I will get on with Werner and let the journey begin!......Only thing I was bit thrwon off by, he said also, they train you on Auto's, no manuals etc Werner et all use em. ok fine no double clutchin' then lol So Admissions guy said classes are 6 days, 7 am til 6 pm be finished in 16 days? Cool by me,sooner the better.....Background check is being done now, no biggee I got nothing to find or hide.My DUI 40 years ago don't matter, I told him since Idon't want any skeletons popping outat last minute, and screwing this all up......Had 2 FBI back ground checks done in last 10 or 15 years, it's all good.

Double Clutch:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

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.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Marc Lee's Comment
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Cool Stevo!

If the FBI didn't find the bodies (in two different searches) odds are they won't either!

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(I crack myself up sometimes)!

I'm here all week!

Stevo VWbusman's Comment
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Hahahaha Well, Mike ya know, there's LOTS of desert, between here, and Arizona ! lol

Places, where very few, may go to look hahaha

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