Is This Normal For School Has Mine Over Enrolled?

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Kerry L.'s Comment
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Michael, so far you have been a text book case of doing things the way we don't recommend. I know you have your reasons, but that doesn't change the results. You went with a grant for school. Now you don't like what you are getting.

You are also wanting to start locally. I have a feeling you are going to be still coming to us for advice. It is very difficult to start a local trucking job and stay the course until you have developed your skills so they are commensurate with the demands of the job. I don't know how to advise you. The path you have chosen is very difficult. We always try to teach what we consider the "best practices." Once you stray from those it gets harder to reach the goals.

I understand your frustration. I learned about best practices the hard way. I paid $4,000.00 for CDL school and got maybe two and a half hours behind the wheel of a big truck. I got my CDL, but I got no confidence and I certainly developed no skills needed for the job. Unfortunately, your experience is quite common in private schools.

Not everyone is able to go through a paid CDL training program. I couldn't get any of those companies to accept my background and lack of stable work history, so I went and got WIOA assistance. I am not necessarily disappointed in how everything worked out, all things considered.

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.

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.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PJ's Comment
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Kerry I really don’t know what to make of your last post. If I’m understanding this correctly you were turned down by the big carriers that operate driving schools due to background and a stable work history. So now your in a private school that someone is paying for.

What do you reasonably expect to happen once you graduate??? You will then be looking for a job with a brand new cdl in your pocket. Still have background and work history problems.

I hope you found someone willing to hire you before you started school. Having a cdl isn’t going to help. Small and or private fleets hiring practices can be less restrictive, depends what the insurance company says, and many insurance companies have a 1-2 year experience requirement.

Wishing you the best in your journey.

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.
Old School's Comment
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PJ, I think Kerry went to a private school a little more than a year ago. He has not been able to get a trucking job. He is still trying. He's part of the new crowd thinking that all this "news" of a driver shortage means they will be able to get in now. I hope he can land a job, but as we all know it is much easier to get hired than it is to stay hired. He actually knows this too. He did get a job once, but quit in a matter of a few days.

We all know how tough this can be, and we have empathy for all of those who are struggling. Michael P, is struggling with his school. We try to help all of you understand the "best way" to go about this, but we understand not everybody can do things that way. I went through a private school thinking it would be better. I soon learned differently.

Michael P., I think the best thing for you to do is stick it out and get your CDL at the school you are attending. It may not be ideal, but you need to finish what you started. Hopefully things will work out for you. The path you're on is not easy, but it is the path you are on. Make the most of it and hopefully you can make it all work. We are happy to help and advise you. I didn't mean for my post to sound anything contrary to that. My schooling wasn't all that great and my job search was really trying. You and Kerry should realize I know exactly what you are up against. I got rejected more times than I can enumerate here. Today I am a professional who can get hired anywhere. Sometimes we have a rough start. If we can endure and learn how to succeed at trucking we have a bright future ahead. Most of what I learned about success at trucking was taught through trial and error. I graduated with high honors from the school of hard knocks. smile.gif

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PJ's Comment
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Thanks OS. Sorry haven’t been around much but this entire yesr has been crazy for me.

Yep I just saw I got the 2 people backwards. However it sounds like Kerry knows exactly the issues I referred to first hand.

I hate to see folks struggle getting into this business. It’s hard enough when things go good in the beginning.

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