Bellavance/RPR Training

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  1. a.paul

    a.paul Light Load Member

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    Searched, found 8-10 year old threads, wondered if there was anything new.
    Bellavance, out of Barre, VT has apparently opened their own training school, named in memory of their former general manager.

    The old threads sounded like they were decent people, and their site now seems like they’ve really grown their biz—flat, heavy, reefer and dry van, plus the dedicated granite.

    But figured I’d look for opinions before I called them back tomorrow.

    Home - RPR Driving School

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  3. Chinatown

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    www.rprdrivingschool.com
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    A Driving School Like No Other-How you ask?
    • You will be paid while in training. $16.00 hr.
    • RPR will cover the cost of your permit and license.
    • You will graduate RPR and have a job with Bellavance that must last a minimum of 2 years.
    What will you learn?
    The curriculum standards are based on skills, knowledge, tasks, and duties expected of an entry-level truck driver for Bellavance Trucking. This curriculum also incorporates the recommendations of the
    Proposed Minimum Standards for Training Tractor-Trailer Drivers, issued by the US Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration Office of Motor Carriers (formerly BMCS) in 1985.

    Note that curriculum standards do not address every skill, knowledge, task, duty, or ability suggested by drivers as necessary for entry-level drivers to possess and use. RPR Driving School provides a foundation for entry-level truck drivers, and it is up to each and every school attendee to use the skills and information provided to self-teach and master the occupation of a professional truck driver.
    • Classroom hours to prepare you for the permit test.
    • Pre-trip and post-trip inspection.
    • Map reading, trip planning, and compliance with DOT laws.
    • How to identify preventive maintenance problems.
    What sets us apart?
    • We are providing the financing and job placement with Bellavance Trucking.
    • You will be working for a stable 60-year family-run company.
    • You are not a number at Bellavance, you are a member of our trucking family.
     
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    Live in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, Tennessee, and North Carolina.
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    • Trucks are equipped with luxury sleepers, power inverters, APUs, fridges, solar panels and Sirius XM All Access subscriptions in every tractor.
     
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    talked to the lady running the school today. Something interesting she said is that for students who aren’t living locally, they will assign their truck early, as early as the second week of class and the students can then spend the class week in the truck. They have showers and everything.

    They send you out with a mentor for the first week or so after graduation—but the mentor goes with you in your truck. They put him up in a hotel overnights.

    The reefer/dry van runs a triangle, hooking a loaded trailer in one of the two VT yards and running to NJ or PA, deadheading to a re-load and delivering in MA/VT. Gone 5 nights a week.

    Flatbed does mostly stone deliveries (granite for burial vaults etc) that’s more varied as far as locations.

    They just did this: RoadStock Rye Whiskey | WhistlePig Rye Whiskey
     
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    This is on the website; do they hire from all these states? I don't see how they can if they only run that small triangle.
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    Live in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, Tennessee, and North Carolina.
     
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    Yeah. I wonder about that. She said they rarely go down as far as the Carolinas. Don’t see them hiring from there either.
     
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    Next time you talk to her, ask about that.
    That may not be the type of trucking you want, unless you want to be confined to a small area.
     
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    yeah. I’m not crazy about driving back and forth from Allenstown PA 5 days a week.
     
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