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Carter's Comment
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Hello all. I ran across this site a couple of months ago when I first decided to look into trucking for a living. Since then, I was accepted into Swifts training (through a 3rd party recruiter), only to have that rescinded for reasons I thought were odd, but...

Since then I have started taking the high road training and looking into alternatives. Most companies I looked into weren't taking new students from my state (I'm in Maine) so I had to find another way to make it happen.

For the last 6 weeks, I have been working with my local career center to get a grant to pay for private schooling. It took a ton of running around and getting local pre-hire letters before even starting training, but I just signed the paperwork and am on my way to complete my enrollment paperwork at the local private truck driving school.

If this is really what you want, do what you have to do to make it happen. I couldn't afford private school, but was able to put in the legwork to get it paid for and I can't wait to get started.

Thanks to Brett, Daniel B, Old School and all of the other great contributes here for giving so much of their time and knowledge to help people like me get prepared for a new phase in life. The information you have all provided has been priceless.

On to the next chapter...

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.

MRC's Comment
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Where are you going? NTI?

Carter's Comment
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Where are you going? NTI?

Yup, start on December 1st

MRC's Comment
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Where are you going? NTI?

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Yup, start on December 1st

Full program-5weeks-$6495? There is no lodging included, correct?
Carter's Comment
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MRC, I believe that it's correct. The agency that got me the grant pays less, since they "buy" in bulk. Are you looking into Thai as well?

MRC's Comment
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I am/ was? I was looking for a refresher and all they had to offer was 40 hr at 3495. WOW. Since, I have signed up to roadmaster for a 80hr for $2995. Big difference and I start the same day your talking.confused.gif

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.
Carter's Comment
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Good luck to you sir, maybe we will bump into each other out and about.

Matt S.'s Comment
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Hello all. I ran across this site a couple of months ago when I first decided to look into trucking for a living. Since then, I was accepted into Swifts training (through a 3rd party recruiter), only to have that rescinded for reasons I thought were odd, but...

Since then I have started taking the high road training and looking into alternatives. Most companies I looked into weren't taking new students from my state (I'm in Maine) so I had to find another way to make it happen.

For the last 6 weeks, I have been working with my local career center to get a grant to pay for private schooling. It took a ton of running around and getting local pre-hire letters before even starting training, but I just signed the paperwork and am on my way to complete my enrollment paperwork at the local private truck driving school.

If this is really what you want, do what you have to do to make it happen. I couldn't afford private school, but was able to put in the legwork to get it paid for and I can't wait to get started.

Thanks to Brett, Daniel B, Old School and all of the other great contributes here for giving so much of their time and knowledge to help people like me get prepared for a new phase in life. The information you have all provided has been priceless.

On to the next chapter...

Wishing you the best! dancing-dog.gif

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.

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