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Jimmie 3's Comment
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So i have made up my mind and want to get a CDL and go OTR. I was looking at sage truck driving school at Hillsborough College Tampa. Does anyone have any experience with this school? My options are PTECH but that wont happen until mid may and I don't want to wait that long.. Roadmaster in Tampa.. and sage. So far i really like sage.. especially the 1 on 1 student to instructor ratio in the truck. Any info anyone can give me would be much appreciated.

Thanks

Jimmie

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.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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.
PackRat's Comment
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Welcome to the Trucking Truth site, James R.

Why are you interested in private school learning versus attending a company sponsored training program?

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

Jimmie 3's Comment
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Hello PackRat and thanks for replying ...

So i have no concrete reason.. Other than the fact that i have the money to pay up front. And i was thinking by going this route i could apply at several trucking companies instead of being stuck with the company that sponsors me for a year. So in my limited view.. I guess the answer is options.. Honestly I'm a noob to this so I don't really know what the BEST way to go is.

Hope your day was great!

Jimmie

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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Howdy, James R.; welcome to Trucking Truth!

Start here:

This article below, will explain in detail, as to why we recommend company sponsored training:

Busting the Free Agent Myth in Trucking.

Best wishes, and welcome!

~ Anne & Tom ~

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.

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

midnight fox's Comment
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Busting the Free Agent Myth In Trucking

Your link had one too many https://'s, Anne.😉

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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Busting the Free Agent Myth In Trucking

Your link had one too many https://'s, Anne.😉

Thanks for catching & fixing! It was 0330 and I was 'bored' .. LoL!

~ Anne ~

Glenbob's Comment
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Welcome James! Ironically, I just told my wife last night after watching the training the company was providing to students this week. If I had it to do over I'd go the company paid sponsored program. The basis for that is: More in-depth training vice bare minimum to pass the state CDL exam. Company 4 full weeks classroom & range, My school 13 days not counting two test days (permit/license) road driving opportunities shared by 17 students in 2 road worthy trucks 1 manual 1 auto. Current model equipment, Training Aids. Company 2yr old Sleeper Cab, road worthy trailer, mock-ups of systems, current training materials, My School old South Eastern day cabs restricted to off road use, bent trailer no doors, operational landing gear, working air or electrical systems, No training aids, course material was an older copy of the state CDL handbook. Company reimbursement for CDL school. In my search as a newbie myself I've discovered a big disconnect between advertised amount and what's paid. Example, We will reimburse up to $6,500 of your cost even if paid by VA. Reality, paid at the rate of $45 per pay period. Most new drivers will not stay with a starter company long enough to see a real return. I only found one company offering reimbursement to folks who had been previously employed by another trucking company. As everyone has told me, you need to stay with your first company for a year.

Good luck with which ever route you choose. There are companies that do not require a contract.

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.

Day Cab:

A tractor which does not have a sleeper berth attached to it. Normally used for local routes where drivers go home every night.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Jimmie 3's Comment
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Hey guys!!

wow thanks for the information! You open my eyes to things i had not thought about. I'm gonna look to company sponsored training too.. right now.. and make a better more informed decision.. thanks to you guys!

Happy trucking

Jimmie

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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Hey guys!!

wow thanks for the information! You open my eyes to things i had not thought about. I'm gonna look to company sponsored training too.. right now.. and make a better more informed decision.. thanks to you guys!

Happy trucking

Jimmie

You're welcome, Jimmie, on behalf of ALL of the gang!

Whatever you decide, we are TOTALLY here to help. Any & all questions, comments, thoughts, etc... ask away!!!

~ Anne ~

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

Jimmie 3's Comment
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Hey guys n gals...

First thanks for the nice.. warm welcome.. i like nice people! :-)

So i have just been looking around some websites.. and if i go the company sponsored cdl training way.. how do i choose a decent one.. for example i was just reading on freightwaves.com CRST starts new employs at like .22 cents per mile.. and us express .82.. that a huge difference.. i have no real knowledge of these companies.. so if I go this route how do i pick a good one? Guess I'm just nervous about the whole thig.. excited too tho! Would you guys have any recommendations?

Thanks for reading

Jimmie

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

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