Got Grant For A Kentucky CDL Training School

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Dan J.'s Comment
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question is what are the minimum hours of schooling required for students before a trucking company will look at hiring you ? this school does 12 hrs a day ,6 days a week for 2 weeks . first time on here have been reading and studying for a month on here and you folks are great IMO thanks for what you do on here great help in many different ways .

Steven N. (aka Wilson)'s Comment
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question is what are the minimum hours of schooling required for students before a trucking company will look at hiring you ? this school does 12 hrs a day ,6 days a week for 2 weeks . first time on here have been reading and studying for a month on here and you folks are great IMO thanks for what you do on here great help in many different ways .

Welcome to TT, Dan.

Most trucking forms want the school to administer 160 hours. Now you can do more if you want. But here are some great links about schools:

Truck Driving Schools not to mention High Road Training Program will really give you an edge going into school. Check 'em 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.

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.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Welcome aboard Dan and thanks for pointing that stuff out Steven.

Indeed Steven is right. Many trucking companies require 160 hours of schooling but that can also vary from school to school. They may require 160 hours from most schools but accept students from a school with 140-150 hours if they really like the curriculum and they've had good luck with their students.

But the bottom line is that each trucking company will have their own list of approved schools that they are willing to hire from. If you have a specific company in mind that you'd like to work for then simply Apply For a pre-hire with the company and if approved make sure you find out what schools they'll hire from.

If you're not sure exactly what company you'd like to work for just ask the schools you're considering for a list of major companies that hire their students. As long as they have a nice list of maybe 6-12 major companies that hire from there then they're just fine for consideration.

Pre-hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

Dan J.'s Comment
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I drove for a year solo 20 years ago . so hope most of this will come back as most of what i have read on the training materials has . the most confusing is the log book materials have changed a bit .and have read the material that you mentioned Steven . and most of the recommended materials on this site . Have been reading and following this site for over a month . just have not jumped in here till now . but maybe since i broke the ice so to speak i'll jump in more often . A man or woman can never get to much GOOD info thanks for the response ya'll

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

PeanutBubbles44!'s Comment
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Where in KY are you located? I am in my final week (16 day course) in Shepherdsville. I absolutely enjoy the school I am in. Looked at many in and out of state, this one I happen to live less than 15 min away. The instructor's are all awesome. The classes never have more than 9 students, so each one receives ample drive and range instruction.

PeanutBubbles44!'s Comment
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Ooops, forgot to tell yell you that I already have 11 pre-hire letters and waiting on a few more. It's an accredited school.

Pre-hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

Dan J.'s Comment
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Small town in south eastern part of KY. Middlesboro right at the KY.TN.VA. state lines the school is 54 miles from me one way . Along with the grant they will pay for my fuel to drive daily or accommodations for the 2 weeks. Not sure about the eats. I guess that would be alot to ask .

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