WIA Grant

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Tucker's Comment
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If anyone is going to be getting WIA grant in the future in Arizona I wanted to share my experience with it so far. First, it is not an entitlement program so you can be turned down at anytime for any reason. Second, you have to be able to make more money in the new chosen profession then previous. They don't want you going backwards, at my previous profession I made 34,680 a year, as a truck driver first year average salary as a truck driver is 37,000. Third, they can lose there funding for the grant and gain it back a anytime without notice, so if they lose funding while you are applying check back weekly because they may get it back the next week. Fourth, it is intended for displaced workers so if you were fired or laid off you would qualify. Fifth, if you are going to get the grant you have to be able to support yourself while attending school, so either a partime job, a supportive family member or unemployment would work for this. Fifth, in order to apply you need to have at least three prehire letters, a school you will attend that is approved and a résumé, when you turn in the application for the grant. The school you choose to get your CDL through will help you( or should help with this prehire letters considering a lot of them work with many different companies in the industry and offer lifetime job placement services). It is a long process but it is worth it considering your school will be 100% paid for with no repayment to worry about, and your local community job center will also help you through the entire process. One thing they will require though is for you to show them paycheck stubs for a year after you complete school and begin working.


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.


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.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.


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.

Starcar's Comment
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GREAT INFORMATION, Tucker !!! thanks...I'm sure that stuff applies for the WIA grant in all states, since it is a federally funded program. I know alot of folks haven't even heard of it...and why the employment offices don't steer more folks into stuff like this is a mystery. Anyway....great stuff...and I'm sure it will be a great help for the folks here...again, THANKS

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