Truck Driving Institute Of Tupelo

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Daniel T.'s Comment
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Does anyone know if the Truck Driving Institute is a good CDL school and why do they charge so much for 3 weeks training? Thanks.

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.
Old School's Comment
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Daniel, welcome to the forum!

What is the price for the course? Let me know that little bit of information, and I'll get back to you shortly.

Daniel T.'s Comment
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It's $5800 for 3 weeks at Truck Drivers institute. The local community college charges $1700 for 8 weeks. East Mississippi Community College. I've got to get a co signer for the tuition and co signer is wondering why it's so high.

Thanks.

Brian M.'s Comment
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It's $5800 for 3 weeks at Truck Drivers institute. The local community college charges $1700 for 8 weeks. East Mississippi Community College. I've got to get a co signer for the tuition and co signer is wondering why it's so high.

Thanks.

The reason tuition is so high for the private companies is due to how much money trucking companies reimburse for students. Many companies like Swift, Schneider, ETC. reimburse up to 7000.00 for tuition for students, so the private CDL schools charge the amount that trucking companies are willing to reimburse you.

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.
Mikey's Comment
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Just a thought here what about hinds cc. KLLM has a thing with them where it is free. Dunno if you had another company in mind or not but imo KLLM is a solid company just from my dealings with them through Empire.

Old School's Comment
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Daniel, that price is about average for a 160 hour course.

You need to make sure that you will get a certificate showing 160 hours of training. A three week course will be cramming a lot into that time period to get it all done, and will probably have some work to be done on weekends. I'm not sure why there is such a big difference at the community college, unless they may possibly be getting some federal funds to supplement their costs. I would recommend that you look into the community college and see who is hiring from their school - some of the community colleges have really great programs.

Are you aware that there are a lot of places that will train you for free and then promise you a job after you complete the training? Check out these Company-Sponsored Training programs before you commit to putting yourself into an unnecessary debt.

Also take some time and read through our Truck Driver's Career Guide , follow the links in there and you will gain some really valuable insights into this new career.

Keep jumping in here with your questions and I'm confident we can help you avoid some of the many pitfalls others have fallen into when trying to get this thing started.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Daniel T.'s Comment
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I tried KLLM first. They sent to Hire Right for my background info, and said my application was declined. I got a copy of my report from HIre Right and then called them when I couldn't find anything wrong. They said they couldn't find a CDL with my ssn associated with it. That didn't make any sense, because the whole point of my applying with KLLM was to go to CDL school. I emailed the recruiter back and got no reply. I applied through a recruiter for USA. They didn't accept or decline. They just said they'd keep my application on hand for 90 days. I went through the same recruiter to apply with PAM. They were all ready to get me into CDL school, and then told me the insurance regulations changed on Nov 1st and have to re assess. I called back a couple of times and the recruiter told me she was still waiting to hear back from PAM. I waited and waited for about 3 weeks or so then my Dad saw an ad for Stevens in the paper. That no. got me Truck Driving Institute in Tupelo. MS. They've accepted me, and just needed a co signer for the tuition. I asked my Dad (a former trucker) to co sign and he's really leary of the company for charging so much, because he went through the state employment agency and went through school for free. He wants me to go the same route. I want to check that out, but I don't want to burn any bridges with Truck Driving institute in the mean time. I was supposed to start this coming Monday, and I cant' contact the WIN job center today(state employment service) because they're off today for some reason. Thanks a lot for any input! I haven't had much of anyone else to ask who knows much.

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.
Old School's Comment
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Daniel, I think you ought to look into Prime's program. A lot of the drivers in here have gone through their training program, and it seems to be very successful. They will pay you about six or seven hundred bucks a week during some of the training, and they will definitely start you at a higher rate of pay than any other training company program I know of.

Daniel T.'s Comment
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Prime? I don't think I've heard of them. Do you have a link to their site?

Leif L.'s Comment
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Here is a couple of links to Prime's site. I am currently researching them also.

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Paid Apprenticeship CDL Training

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.
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