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Thomas (Knot Head)'s Comment
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I have been doing a lot of research lately. Seems like the ideal route to get into trucking would be to go to a private school and possibly get several offers from different companies. I don't have the means to come up with the money up front for my local school. $2,500. So I have been looking at companies with their own schools. I have narrowed it down to Swift and Millis Transfer. I am curious what people that have gone through their schooling have to say and for anyone what works for either company for their opinions too. Thanks in advance.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Jordan C. asked a very similar question about Swift (not about Millis). His thread is close to yours here. You can see the replies he got.

In the tuition department, many companies will handle your tuition once you get hired. That's a question to ask your recruiters.

Speaking of recruiting, your job offers come in what are called Pre Hire Letters. Read about them here: Understanding Pre-Hires .

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.

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.

Pre-hires:

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.

Shirley K.'s Comment
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Have you talked to the school? The school I will be attending had a couple of scholarships available for the asking, no strings attached. The lady I worked with said that sadly some of these go unused every semester because nobody asks for them. It sure won't cost to ask.

Mud Dog's Comment
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Sometimes these schools do offer Scholarships, and Financial Aid. You may want to check on that. If the school you are looking at does not accept these programs, perhaps another, close by, does. It would be worth it. Another way I've heard of, is to go to the local unemployment office and ask if they have a program. I've seen many people put into truck driving simply to get them off of unemployment.

Paul M.'s Comment
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"... my local school. $2,500..."

Wow, $2,500 is cheap. I don't understand the huge difference but my school charges $5,500. Hope to take advantage of a company's tuition reimbursement program at hiring time!

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I don't understand the huge difference but my school charges $5,500

Often times you'll find awesome CDL training programs with better pricing at public institutions like community colleges than at privately owned schools. Community college programs tend to be in the $2,500-$4,000 range and privately owned schools in the $3,500-$6,000 range. The education is often equally good at both types of schools.

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.
Thomas (Knot Head)'s Comment
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"... my local school. $2,500..."

Wow, $2,500 is cheap. I don't understand the huge difference but my school charges $5,500. Hope to take advantage of a company's tuition reimbursement program at hiring time!

The local private school that I really want to attend is actually giving me a discount because I am a firefighter/EMT. So my tuition would be $2,500. I think it normally is between $3,000 and $3,500. That is for 4 weeks. My local community college offers a two month program between $800 and $1,200. I can't remember the exact number on that one.

Spreadneck's Comment
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$950 for my local community college. 8 weeks and they have a 99% recruitment rate.

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