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Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Let us know how things work out for you, Carolyn.

Best wishes!

~ Anne ~

ps: Kearsey's email is in her profile, as are many of ours' contact information.

Carolyn M.'s Comment
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Hi Anne! Well I've been waiting/hoping to hear back from the Ashley Trucking recruiter. It's been a full week since I received the email with a link to apply to their trucking school. I had thought perhaps their background check was just taking a bit of time to complete, but that really doesn't make a ton of sense to me as I've had my background checked twice before in the last couple of years to do GIG work (Instacart, DoorDash, Spark) and they have almost always cleared within the first 24hrs. Perhaps it was foolish of me to think my first 2 choices would work and should/need to keep an open mind for some other companies. I had considered Schneider but was put off by some of the bad reviews they had with concerns about leaving drivers stranded with broken down trailers and lack of support from dispatch on load issues--maybe they're not as bad as all that though-I mean after working retail most my life(14yrs with Costco alone) I know you'll always hear about the bad but rarely hear the good, and with a company as large as Schneider they have to have some good right??? I do worry about my permit timing out before I get in somewhere, although I've started reviewing the study material just to keep it fresh...I guess there's always transit........ :(

Let us know how things work out for you, Carolyn.

Best wishes!

~ Anne ~

ps: Kearsey's email is in her profile, as are many of ours' contact information.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Hi Anne! Well I've been waiting/hoping to hear back from the Ashley Trucking recruiter. It's been a full week since I received the email with a link to apply to their trucking school. I had thought perhaps their background check was just taking a bit of time to complete, but that really doesn't make a ton of sense to me as I've had my background checked twice before in the last couple of years to do GIG work (Instacart, DoorDash, Spark) and they have almost always cleared within the first 24hrs. Perhaps it was foolish of me to think my first 2 choices would work and should/need to keep an open mind for some other companies. I had considered Schneider but was put off by some of the bad reviews they had with concerns about leaving drivers stranded with broken down trailers and lack of support from dispatch on load issues--maybe they're not as bad as all that though-I mean after working retail most my life(14yrs with Costco alone) I know you'll always hear about the bad but rarely hear the good, and with a company as large as Schneider they have to have some good right??? I do worry about my permit timing out before I get in somewhere, although I've started reviewing the study material just to keep it fresh...I guess there's always transit........ :(

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Let us know how things work out for you, Carolyn.

Best wishes!

~ Anne ~

ps: Kearsey's email is in her profile, as are many of ours' contact information.

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Howdy, Carolyn!

Did you shoot an app out here? Apply For Paid CDL Training.

I know what you mean about your permit 'timing out.' It happened to me 2x, but I wasn't really ready to leave my kiddos, anyway. Now they're grown, I've got a torn rotator cuff, so.. "On Hold Again, Naturally." (Queue, Gilbert O'Sullivan!) LoL....

I'm not sure if you mentioned your location, but I've got a few alternate training companies; little known diamonds (in my rough!) Another company you can look at, past our above list/app, is CFI/TFI. They've made many changes, since acquiring Transport America (where my guy used to drive) and some LTL portions of UPS. Worth a try, too!

When you say 'Ashley' you are speaking of the division of Wilson, correct? I'd highly suggest you using our above app, before all else; but still don't give up hope on them, either!

Wishing you well,

~ Anne ~

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.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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I checked with recruiting. It appears to be a Washington state issue as I stated. You may have difficulty at any company out side of your state due to your state rejecting the test scores of out of state testing.

Sorry

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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I checked with recruiting. It appears to be a Washington state issue as I stated. You may have difficulty at any company out side of your state due to your state rejecting the test scores of out of state testing.

Sorry

Well, DANG !!!! Who's that even leave ?!?!?

For what it's worth, McLane is back up and training, somewhere up yonder! Sheesh. I don't know much about them, but really haven't heard anything bad, either.

What about dock to driver programs, ie: ABF, etc.??? Yeah, LTL/linehaul .. but really might not be so bad!

Wow, I hope things work out for you, m'lady. What a bummer! (And I thought Florida was dork, haha!)

Let us know!

~ Anne ~

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.
Carolyn M.'s Comment
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Thank you again.

I checked with recruiting. It appears to be a Washington state issue as I stated. You may have difficulty at any company out side of your state due to your state rejecting the test scores of out of state testing.

Sorry

Carolyn M.'s Comment
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Hello Anne-I'm feeling a bit defeated right now after going through the steps known to me to put my best foot forward..ugh! For something that is under Federal regulations, it sucks to be located in a state making it harder for it's residents to get ahead. It's not like the trucks traveling through the state do business all were licensed here..but that's Wa state gov. for you...just another reason why I can't wait to get away from here! I'm not quite giving up yet..I'll just have to try and save my pennies to pay for my own schooling. Thank you for all your encouragement! Best Wishes, Carolyn

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I checked with recruiting. It appears to be a Washington state issue as I stated. You may have difficulty at any company out side of your state due to your state rejecting the test scores of out of state testing.

Sorry

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Well, DANG !!!! Who's that even leave ?!?!?

For what it's worth, McLane is back up and training, somewhere up yonder! Sheesh. I don't know much about them, but really haven't heard anything bad, either.

What about dock to driver programs, ie: ABF, etc.??? Yeah, LTL/linehaul .. but really might not be so bad!

Wow, I hope things work out for you, m'lady. What a bummer! (And I thought Florida was dork, haha!)

Let us know!

~ Anne ~

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.
Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Hello Anne-I'm feeling a bit defeated right now after going through the steps known to me to put my best foot forward..ugh! For something that is under Federal regulations, it sucks to be located in a state making it harder for it's residents to get ahead. It's not like the trucks traveling through the state do business all were licensed here..but that's Wa state gov. for you...just another reason why I can't wait to get away from here! I'm not quite giving up yet..I'll just have to try and save my pennies to pay for my own schooling. Thank you for all your encouragement! Best Wishes, Carolyn

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I checked with recruiting. It appears to be a Washington state issue as I stated. You may have difficulty at any company out side of your state due to your state rejecting the test scores of out of state testing.

Sorry

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Well, DANG !!!! Who's that even leave ?!?!?

For what it's worth, McLane is back up and training, somewhere up yonder! Sheesh. I don't know much about them, but really haven't heard anything bad, either.

What about dock to driver programs, ie: ABF, etc.??? Yeah, LTL/linehaul .. but really might not be so bad!

Wow, I hope things work out for you, m'lady. What a bummer! (And I thought Florida was dork, haha!)

Let us know!

~ Anne ~

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Carolyn; chin UP, m'lady!!

Hang in, hang on, girl!!! Seriously, couldn't hurt to give McLane a shout! I just rang up one of my PNW former O/O pals, and his buddy that now drives for Wilson, that used to drive and train for Swift, & HAD leased with JCT (John Christener Transport,) and got two opinions in one call ! McLane's 'good stuff!' Great equipment, and neither Jerry nor Scottie had ANY bad to say. That's a plus; these guys've been driving about 40 years 'between' them! I've made SO many great pals in this industry, ma'am. Only downside, however . . . Food service....USUALLY physical, unless you could get a 'shuttle' gig, like G'town did with PFG in Delaware. Couldn't hurt to ask!

My pals ALSO said to look into Peninsula Truck Lines; they PAY to train, too! I'd really keep on it, girl.. you'll FIND PAID training that works for ya!

Re: the guys: Jerry (J.Reding elsewhere) is in Puyallup, and ScottieD67 is in Cali Norte; they're best pals, tho! I think Jerry is finally settled down, doing yard guy stuff at Wilson. Hostler. Loves it. Scottie ended up there (finally) too! Girl, his L/P deal with JCT...omg... they wronged him SO bad; he taped the whole thing on his channel.. I literally cried! Never Ever Never Lease!!!!

Scottie has an educational Y/T channel, like Kearsey; you may find something you like, there ... too! ScottieD67/Truckin' in the PNW.

That's crappy that WA has a bug up their buttress! Florida is 'tricky' too, not much freight coming from; and Prime was on hiatus (not sure now) hiring from there, as were many others, a while back.

Just move to Ohio, I'll hook ya up, haha! ~ MAST Transportation, Free & Paid CDL!

ABF and YRC seem to currently have dock to driver programs, in WA state, too. LTL's not so bad; look at all the diaries! Bobcat Bob, Banks, and recently/still schooling, Delco Dave! Just a FEW!!! Always think 'outside' the box, as best ya can, I will (for ya,) too!

Best always,

~ Anne ~

ps: Okay, just got a text message from another pal; Witte Bros. may be able to accommodate ya! Wow, didn't know they had some sort of facility in WA; but... cool~! I had a friend a while back, train w/them in Sprimo (where Kearsey's at, town wise) and she loved it. They have 'dorm' rooms, but because of the 'lack of' females, she had a literal suite/studio apartment! Pics are actually on their site: Witte Bros.

If any else comes to mind, I'll shout back, here!

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.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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