Meet Jonathan! He loves trucks and gets excited every time he see's one on the road! Jonathan has autism, and a few weeks back his caregiver reached out to staff at the Fountain campus to see if there was any way we could show him around, and let him get up close to one of our trucks.
...Of course we could!!
We set up a special day for Jonathan to come visit our campus where he spent a couple of hours hanging out with Mark and staff. Mark showed him a great time! Jonathan got to sit up front in a truck, pulled on the horn, and Mark even took him around for a ride in a big rig! Jonathan had a great time, and before he left he reached out to shake Mark's hand and thanked him for a special day.
We are glad we were able to show Jonathan an exciting day, and our Fountain staff hopes he comes back to visit soon!!
It's no secret that the trucking industry is in need of new truck drivers to fill vacant employment positions. This is a unique profession and it takes a special person to be successful in this industry.
So, how do new drivers gain the required skills and knowledge needed to have a successful, long-term career? For many people, building a solid foundation for a new career means enrolling in a Class A training program like the one offered at United States Truck Driving School.
If you are one of those people, you might be wondering what you can expect when you get your Class A CDL from USTDS.
The Class A training program is designed for those with little to no experience in the trucking industry. The program runs between 3-6 weeks and includes both classroom instruction as well as hands-on learning in the truck.
In the classroom, you'll learn about the DOT rules and regulations of the trucking industry, and will study the Colorado CDL driving manual. Get a feel of what it's like in the classroom by taking our Free CDL Permit class on Saturday mornings!
Your hands-on learning takes places in a truck - not on a simulator! Students will have parked vehicle instruction, and will practice shifting, braking, turning, backing, parking, and hooking/unhooking the tractor and trailer in our training yard.
You'll learn how to safely handle a commercial vehicle by getting practical experience in real-world traffic - always with a qualified driving instructor by your side.
Getting Started Behind the Wheel
During your training, you'll have opportunities to meet with trucking companies about driver opportunities. After graduation, use our job placement service to help you connect with different employers. At United States Truck Driving School, this is a lifetime benefit for you!
These are just a few of the things you can expect when you earn your Class A CDL at United States Truck Driving School. Want to know more? Call us today! 303-848-8443
When looking to start a career in trucking, one thing is certain: you'll need a Commercial Drivers License (CDL). There are two common options to getting your CDL: enrolling in a CDL school (like United States Truck Driving School) or enrolling in a trucking company training program.
There are pros and cons to both options, and today we're going to look at each one so you can figure out which choice is right for you.
Training & Experience
CDL courses at United States Truck Driving School are taught by professional instructors who have years of experience in the industry. Because of this, the learning experience is often more impactful and focused. If needed, instructors are able to work with students one-on-one to develop the skills necessary to be a great driver for any trucking company, not just the one providing the training.
That's not saying that the training you'd get from a trucking company won't be the best they can offer. You'll be paired with a trainer that will provide an on-the-job type of training to help you prepare for your new career with the company.
United States Truck Driving School graduates are able to find a job with any company. This gives students more flexibility in the company they want to work for. Many of our students have pre-hire employment offers with several companies - before their training even begins! And with our lifetime job placement assistance, we can help you transition to a new chapter of your driving career at any time.
Trucking companies also give the promise of employment through a signed contract, which also relieves the typical job-search stress. Once you finish their training, you'll get right to work. Of course, with company training, there is no job placement assistance, and drivers will have to secure a position with another company on their own.
The Best of Both Worlds
United States Truck Driving School partners with several trucking companies to offer a company-sponsored training program, or a tuition reimbursement program.
With our carrier sponsorship program, you can pick a participating company you'd like to work for after graduation, and they'll loan you money towards the costs of tuition at USTDS. Then, after you graduate from our program you'll then pay the carrier back on a weekly payroll deduction as you earn your paychecks.
Tuition Reimbursement is also an available option. You'll cover the costs of your CDL training and the company you choose to work for will pay your monthly tuition payment back to you as reimbursement. This is a great option for Veterans who are able to use military benefits for their CDL training.
The benefit of these programs is the promise of employment with successful trucking companies once you complete the CDL training program at US Truck. And, because you attended our school for your CDL training, you'll also be able to utilize our job placement assistance program any time during your trucking career!
Whatever option you decide for your CDL training, you're making a great choice in joining the trucking industry!
United States Truck Driving School offers a variety of training programs and payment options for students working to achieving their career goals. Start your career in confidence knowing you've made the best choice in CDL education! Call us today to get started! 303-848-8443
Have the Best Career Possible with These 6 Solutions
Driving an 18-wheeler is a great way to travel and see the country while working and earning a steady income. There are many upsides to driving a truck for a living, but there are also some drawbacks to the profession. Today we're taking a look at a few of these issues - and offering some solutions to them, too!
Increased health issues such as weight gain and poor eating habits are a worry to many drivers. Thankfully, with a little preparation, there is a way for drivers to stave off or even prevent health issues altogether.
Making better food choices. Focusing on healthy eating habits will keep you on the road much longer! Plan ahead! Look for truck stops that offer healthier food choices in their restaurants, or pack your own healthier snacks and water. You can even find healthy recipes that are easy-to-make right in your truck!
Get Moving! Improve your physical and mental health by working out consistently. Start small - set a step goal, and take walk breaks when you stop helps to keep your blood flowing and your muscles stretched out. Short on time? HIIT workouts can be done in as little as 12 minutes! Follow an app for quick workouts, or take a few minutes to stretch out with Yoga. Looking for a little more? Kettlebells, resistance bands, or small dumbbell weights can be kept right in your truck.
Hours of Service Regulations. Limits to driving hours and required rest times can be a frustration to drivers. New drivers are eager and energetic to work, and experienced drivers want to get the job done as soon as possible. Working too fast, or too long can be dangerous and unhealthy. HOS regulations are in place to keep everyone on the road safe. Plus, you can use the scheduled down time to get moving (see above!)
Spending a long time away from home will always be difficult. Luckily there are several things that a driver can do to combat that homesick feeling.
Team up! Many companies offer the option to drive as a team. Having a driving partner has many benefits - including longer drive times (more miles = more pay), higher per-mile pay, and of course, having someone to talk to!
Bring a family member. Most companies will allow drivers to have passengers ride with them. Some drivers choose Fido as their ride-along, others go the 2-legged route and bring a family member along.
Technology. There are many apps that can be downloaded and used to stay in contact with family and friends on your breaks and downtime! Facetime and Skype help keep the driver visually connected with families and friends back home.
As you can see, there are some challenges that can arise from being on the road, but they can be overcome by finding those things that you enjoy. It may take a little creative thinking but the challenges are worth overcoming for this extremely rewarding career opportunity.
Learn how United States Truck Driving School can help you prepare for the road ahead. Give us a call today to get started! 303-848-8443
If you're wondering about the cost of going to trucking school, you're not alone. Fortunately, there are many different financial aid programs students can use to get their CDL. At United States Truck Driving School, our goal is to help students even if they might be at a financial disadvantage.
Today we are looking at a few different financial assistance programs offered through the United States Truck Driving School. These programs aim to help you get a CDL so you can head out on the road and earn a consistent, reliable paycheck.
Financial Assistance For Veterans
Financial assistance plans and packages are available to veterans who have served in any branch of the military. These programs serve active duty service members, reserve members, veterans, and their spouses.
Most of these programs work with the VA to provide quality loan assistance programs to help veterans find a career in trucking during or after their active military services are over.
State & Federal Programs
State & Federal programs provide assistance based on income levels. The goal of these programs is to help individuals advance their career and find a job in the trucking industry.
These programs range from Workforce Development to Veterans Assistance Programs. Currently, US Truck partners with 6+ programs offering assistance to people seeking to go to back to school to get their CDL.
Carrier Sponsorship Programs
US Truck Driving School partners with several national-level trucking carriers who need drivers. These companies offer financial assistance to prospective truck drivers based on their current income levels. The amount provided to each individual receiving their license will depend on their individual incomes and assistance needs.
Some of the largest trucking companies in the US will help reimburse your tuition payments when you sign on to work for their company. Some of these companies offer up to as much as 100% of your tuition back which can run up to about $7,500!
Student Loans & In-House Financing
One benefit of attending United States Truck Driving School is our in-house financing option. Some students may qualify for a deferred 2-month repayment plan to allow them to start working so they can pay their student loans back. Financing decisions are made by our financial staff right here at US Truck. Even if other schools are not offering you financial aid it doesn't mean we won't!
Many people will be concerned about the cost of going through a training program. The good news is that United States Truck Driving School can offer financial aid packages to help students get their trucking license so they can start work at a high-quality, good-paying job when they get through training.
US Truck Driving School can help you get on your way to a trucking career! To find out what financial aid programs you qualify for - and how much you can use toward training - give us a call at 303-848-8443 today!
Eating healthy as a truck driver is not always easy. When most of your meals are at restaurants, finding healthy choices that you actually want to eat may seem impossible.
Good eating habits are important to truck drivers. The dangers of putting on extra weight include heart disease, diabetes, and hypertension. Extra weight can also lead to sleep apnea and fatigue, all of which can be disasters to your trucking career.
If you focus on the right things, you can make healthy choices without feeling like you are depriving yourself of the foods you love. A happier and healthier you can lead to a longer, more productive, and more enjoyable trucking career.
Make one Small Change at a Time
A common mistake people who are trying to eat healthy make is to change their entire diet all at once. That only leads to frustration and going back to eating unhealthy foods again. Start small and change one thing at a time. Eat a salad with your lunch and dinner instead of fries. Or, order your protein grilled instead of fried.
Snack Between Meals
If you only eat three meals a day and don't eat healthy snacks in between, you are more likely to overeat. Skip the potato chips, candy, and other sugary snacks. Instead, keep fresh fruit, protein bars, cashews, almonds, string cheese, beef jerky and other healthy snacks with you on the road and eat throughout the day.
Stay away from sodas full of sugar - or worse yet diet sodas full of artificial sugars! Those only make you crave more sweets. Keep a water bottle with you and drink water throughout the day. If plain water is difficult for you to drink, try adding lemon or other fruits to the water to give it some more flavor.
Your trucking career does not have to lead to obesity and other health problems. Making some small changes and doing everything in moderation makes it easier to eat healthy so you can continue on the road for years to come!
The right training makes all the difference in your career success. Let US Truck help get you on the road! Having a strong foundation to build your career on ensures you'll have a long and successful trucking career. Call 303-848-8443 today to get started!