How Is Henderson Trucking?

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Jordan's Comment
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Hello there I am curious about Henderson Trucking and want to see what you guys know or think on the matter. I been reading up forms and asking questions on the truckers report and lots of guys there HATE on Swift and telling me that I should look at Henderson Trucking. I was told that the class size they have is around 10 people a class or so and if that is so I would think that would be better environment then being in a class with 50+ like Swift does.

Old School's Comment
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Jordan, you can't go by all the hate you see online - it is a foolish trucker thing is totally non-productive. It seems sometimes if you can produce the most inflammatory post against a company then you have your fifteen minutes of fame right there among the faceless, nameless internet trolls.

We have had a lot of folks in here go through Swift's program, I've only ever seen one person complain about that large percentage of students to teachers that you speak of, and that had to do with the particular location he went to.

The biggest thing that trips people up when they try to get into this career is their unrealistic expectations. If you think one school is going to be better than the other because there aren't too many students there you will be disappointed. I'm not even trying to sway you in Swift's direction, it certainly makes no difference to me where you end up, but I do want you to be aware that for the most part all the schools do the same thing. That is they get you to the point where you should be capable of passing the driving test required to get your CDL. That is the main emphasis.

After that if you are at a Company-Sponsored Training program then you will get out there on the road with a trainer and hopefully advance your skills enough in a matter of about four weeks so that they can take a huge risk on you by putting you out there on the open road in your very own solo truck. That is when you should be sweating bullets! Not now, before you've even gotten started, but thanks to the "know it all's" at unfortunate places like the Truckers Report unconfirmed rumors are allowed to divide and multiply like cyber space amoebas infiltrating new truck driver wannabes with all sorts of anxiety. The moderators there should be ashamed at what they've allowed to propagate in that place - it's nothing short of shameful in my opinion.

I am not familiar at all with Henderson, so I can not give you any advice on them, but I can tell you that you should ignore all the inflammatory stuff you read about Swift. I'm hoping some of our Swifties will jump in here and corroborate what I'm trying to get across to 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.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

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.

Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
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Jordan,

Henderson Trucking as I understand it (this happened after I left Prime) is now for all intensive purposes a part of Prime Inc. I do know that from my friends still at Prime.

I don't know anything about Henderson's training program, so can't help you there.

Ernie

eagle1976's Comment
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Just don't tell a Henderson driver that prime owns them know, one of the prime guys made that mistake at a Walmart dc and SHE almost put him down. Pretty comical. For your question, I've run into a lot of Henderson drivers and they all seem happy.

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