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Visit Site United States Truck Driving School
8150 West 48th. Avenue
Wheat Ridge, CO. 80033
303-431-7600
http://www.ustruck.com

This is the statement that begins a journey that will be life changing for most who embark upon it. It is only the first of many steps that if completed, will ultimately end in a CLASS A CDL license. For most it is a very arduous and at times frustrating path. It represents a step to stabilize or change their lives. Either they have been victims of many industry layoffs or have just not had a stable work history, either way this is their way of changing all of that. Let us then, take a look at that trip up close. We can join John from 200 miles away who has made the decision to go to Denver to obtain his new career. Either through word of mouth or advertising, he has chosen United States Truck Driving School as the school he wants to attend. It all begins with the first phone call to the school and a conversation with an admissions representative. The admissions representative is going to ask many questions of John to qualify him, as a good candidate for the school and that he is employable. Anyone can go to school, however, it is the schools goal to have jobs for each of its graduating students. In many cases the graduating student has been pre-hired by one of the major carriers who have discovered the benefits associated with hiring a student from a certified school. John is going to be asked about his current employment and any associated experience that he may have, he will be asked about his driving record and any blemishes that may be on it, he will have to disclose any problems he may have on a personal level, any sort of legal problems that could possibly keep him from being hired. In addition hewill have to reveal his financial status, we are going to assume that he is going to need financial assistance with school tuition. Once all of this information has been given, the admissions representative will quickly evaluate the information and make a determination as to the viability of John's attending school. The admissions representative will give John a brief summary of what he can expect if everything goes well. Included will be the timing of his coming, transportation issues and housing. John has told the representative that he has a clean driving record and does not have any legal issues. However, financially he has a few problems, stemming from his layoffs and income interruptions. John is willing to do whatever it takes to make coming to school a reality. At this point the representative is going to either fax, if one is available to John, or mail the complete enrollment packet for him to fill out. It will contain all of the forms needed by the school and include an application for the carrier the representative has chosen to place John with. The admissions representative is going to have John do several things in preparation for the arrival of the enrollment packet, he is going to be asked to go to the Dept. Of Motor Vehicles office closest to him to obtain a copy of his Motor Vehicle Record and get a copy of the Commercial Drivers License booklet. He is going to have to compile a verifiable work history for the past five years. Verifiable meaning, name, address and phone number of the company listed. He will be told to explain any gaps in employment that extend a month or longer. Today the carriers are more cautious than ever and require employment be verifiable. He will be asked to get photocopies of his drivers' license and social security card. His social security card must be an original and not a photocopy of a photocopy. Should he not have an original he will have to apply for another original from the local social security office. John's credit may require him to secure a co-signer for his student loan. This is the beginning of the process to get John his CDL and a new career. They will go over the process once he receives his paperwork and what will follow after the completed paperwork has been received and approved. The items John will need to bring with him to school and beyond will be listed in his packet and confirmed by the admissions representative. They will again go over his trip to the school, where he will be staying and what will happen upon his arrival. They will discuss the preparation class for his CDL permit, when he will get his DOT physical and the start of class. That he will need to take a drug test at the school and again for the carrier. Of course they will discuss the consequences should he fail the drug test, a return trip home. The paperwork is filled out and all the additional information is gathered and sent to the school and the student loan is approved, John is now ready to head for Denver. He must now prepare for the trip to Denver, his impending graduation, orientation, with his new company, graduation and 3-4 weeks on the road. Not a simple task by any means. It will be the admissions departments to coordinate his trip and get him prepared for what is to come. The admissions representative will get him settled into lodging, make arrangements for him at the clinic, to receive his DOT physical and get him to the DMV for his CDL permit test. His first school experience will be attending a preparation class for his CDL permit. John's life will be rather harried his first few days in Colorado b~t all will be worth the trouble. John will have intensive instruction in the classroom, lab and in the yard to start. Then the big day when he and an instructor will take a truck and trailer out into the real world. This will give him shifting skills, narrow road turning, turning in traffic, heavy traffic exposure and mountain driving. The last is very important to learn the skills of down shifting and driving down steep grades. Practice, practice, practice each day, with instructor feed back, honing those needed to graduate and receive his CDL and join the new company he will be calling home. Training does not end here, once through orientation with the carrier he will enter a four to six week training period on the road with a company trainer. Once he has demonstrated to the trainer that his skill level is good enough to be his own, a truck will be assigned to him. All the time and effort that he has invested is now paying off. He is the master of his own vehicle and among an ever growing number of people who have chosen the open road as a career and a tractor as their home away from home.


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