Prime Inc - Did Not Complete 1st Year

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Matthew Z.'s Comment
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I went to Prime Inc trucking school and obtained my CDL. I had some personal issues so I decided to come off of the road. This was in 2018. I'm trying to find a local driving job in my area. Everywhere I've talked to has asked about where I went to trucking school at and when I tell them I didn't finish my first year so I owe them, they say they don't break contracts.

I can't afford to pay Prime back right now. I'm just curious if anyone else has had success in finding another CDL job while still owing for schooling.

I'd found some forums a long time ago about people saying they didn't have any issues getting on with another company but I can't find them now.

Are there any companies that would offer tuition reimbursement to cover Primes costs?

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Old School's Comment
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No company offers tuition reimbursement to people who blew it on their first try. If they did we'd have thirty times the job hopping we do now. There would be no incentive to dig in and learn the job. You can count that out.

Now, I'm sorry you didn't stick with it. I know you thought you had to leave, but I'll bet you could have done it had you really been focused. Here's my best advice: Go back to Prime. Make it clear you realize what a boneheaded mistake you made, explain the lesson you've learned, and see what they offer. If they offer anything, take it and stick with it. It's your chance to redeem yourself.

Hindsight kind of hurts, but you know what you need to do now. There's nothing easy about starting a trucking career. I can empathize with you - I had a rough start myself. You've got to get back in the saddle. You owe it to yourself more so than you do Prime. This is a great career, but it's really tough for newbies to break through to the good stuff.

You can do it. I know you can because I've seen a lot of people struggle at first. Once they start breaking through and learn the ins and outs they start loving their new life and income.

Jrod's Comment
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I went to Prime Inc trucking school and obtained my CDL. I had some personal issues so I decided to come off of the road. This was in 2018. I'm trying to find a local driving job in my area. Everywhere I've talked to has asked about where I went to trucking school at and when I tell them I didn't finish my first year so I owe them, they say they don't break contracts.

I can't afford to pay Prime back right now. I'm just curious if anyone else has had success in finding another CDL job while still owing for schooling.

I'd found some forums a long time ago about people saying they didn't have any issues getting on with another company but I can't find them now.

Are there any companies that would offer tuition reimbursement to cover Primes costs?

I know this is for CRST, but this is the letter we (Recruiting, Safety, Application Processing, etc...) get when we try to verify employment and experience for a driver who is still under contract. Prime has something very similar.

They still have to respond within 30 days, but they will wait until day 29.5 to respond with the required Drug & Alcohol testing results and Accident information. That info is required by most carriers before they will make you an offer.

I would do whatever I had to do to get that paid off. Go back to Prime, get a loan to pay them back, whatever you have to do. This will haunt you forever until you finish the contract you promised for the free training.

It sucks, but this is the big boy world and contracts that you sign matter.

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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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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