Best company for paid training in the Weatherford Texas area?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by ny_in_tx, Jan 23, 2018.

  1. ny_in_tx

    ny_in_tx Bobtail Member

    Jan 23, 2018
    I'm interested in trucking, I'm 27 years old and live in Texas. I don't have a college degree, only HS and I don't have a CDL license. I've honestly never driven anything bigger than a pickup truck before but I do know manual transmission. My father is retired and I need to get a job to keep the lights on at home.

    I'm going to have to rely on a company to pay for my CDL. I was going to go through Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas but they aren't giving out grants right now.

    So what would be the best company to go with that pays for the training? I live in Weatherford, Texas (40 minutes from Fort Worth) if that helps.

    I've read about Stevens and Raider trucking but then I heard some horror stories so I'm really not sure who to jump for.

    Any answers would be great!

    EDIT: I don't have the funds to go to a community college. I'm close to broke at the minute but I will apply for Federal Aid to see if I qualify for a grant to get my CDL at the local college.
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2018
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  3. TruckRunner

    TruckRunner Heavy Load Member

    Dec 21, 2017
    Save up the money to go to a reputable driving school. Companies offer free training since they know they can own you until you pay them back. It's an amazing culture how so many people want shortcuts and get shortcut results. Once I worked hard and sacrificed, that is when I made a lot of money. I contact the guys I started trucking with that took shortcuts and they are still broke and trying to find another get rich quick scheme with no money out of their pocket.
  4. rookietrucker

    rookietrucker Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Jul 15, 2007
    Stevens will rape you with their over priced training and own you for a minimum of a year. Raider express, I know nothing about except they are very slow trucks.I pass them all the time :)

    You need to look at a local community college around you and see if they have a CDL course.
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2018
  5. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Jan 13, 2013
    SW Arkansas
    Weatherford College has a cdl training program. I sure some companies work with them, at least they did when I lived in town. Call for info
    Weatherford College Truck Driving Academy
    Mineral Wells Education Center
    Terry Pilgrim, Director
    704 Hood Road
    Mineral Wells, TX 76067
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  6. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    Don't be concerned about horror stories; it's not a lifetime commitment with your training company; usually just 12 months, then you can move on.
    Plenty of choices in your area. Private school, already mentioned, is the best, but if that's not an option for some reason, there's other choices.
    Roehl Transport may still have their school in Grand Prairie. Decent company and they actually pay you $500.00 weekly while in their cdl school, then when you graduate you are bumped up to driver pay. I think they hold back the student pay for 3 weeks, then give it to you.They provide meals and lodging while in school. They have several schools in other states they will ship you to if necessary. Hair follicle drug test.
    Most trucking company cdl schools have meals & lodging provided.
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2018
  7. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    FFE (Frozen Food Express) in Lancaster,TX has their own cdl school and a real good reputation.
    Millis Transfer - Burleson,TX - stays in Eastern half of USA.
    Western Dairy Transport - milk tankers -
    School probably in Abernathy,TX; they have 3 or 4 different school locations.

  8. A Bug

    A Bug Medium Load Member

    Mar 15, 2014
    Sevierville TN
    Nothing wrong with company paid training. They all have nightmare reviews but are all really the same in the end.

    As opposed to paying for community college for a semester for class room and school yard training, you are instead being paid to train by doing the real thing at the company for six months to a year.
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  9. John-Casen

    John-Casen Bobtail Member

    Jan 23, 2018
    What's up brother. I feel your pain. I'm in school right now at Houston Community College. That said.... that said I ain't had the best school exp.... started a class that was right in between holidays, spent a couple weeks in "class" doing jack #### but watching videos.... we've been driving for two weeks now but between two weeks off for xmas and couple days for New Years... plus the freeze I've been relatively disappointed in schooling offered. Now I've been pulling 40' goosenecks in the refineries for years my saving grace but the other couple in my class are having hell from lack of drive time and not being familiar with double clutching and backing a trailer. Little back ground on me. Last two years I've been living in a 400 sqft hand built cabin in deep east Texas making absolutely 0 income so you need to thank about it this way. If your having a hard time with little money, Then change your situation..... if you find a company sponserd program that actually pays you.... who cares the "horror stories" your making money and the review is probably from a pos who will fail reguardless..... if not... then after a year or two there "habits" will cost them anyhow... so never take internet advice.... he'll if I took internet advice I'd of been dead 6 years ago from all my ailments lol!!! Any how... school is school and reguardless of where you go to achieve your CDL-A your still going to have to go to one of those "bad review starter companies" for finishing traning.... no good company is gonna hire you right out of school.... simple as that. Put
    Your mind set to this..... the next year of your life reguardless of where you go or what you do is gonna be either in school or living in a truck with an instructor.... you'll have school then 5/6 weeks with an instructor OTR.... any company that is worth a #### is gonna require 6/8/12 mo exp solo OTR... hell Walmart is 32mo OTR.... so weather it's contracted through a company paid program or outing yourself through school..... plan on a year of #### to get where you wanna be but remember you'll be better off in that year then where you are now. Oooooo and most company schools.... you'll get a CDL-A with an automatic restriction..... meaning you'll never be able to drive anything but auto leaving out ALOT of better paying and more family friendly companies after that first year.... you would have to do it all over for a non-restricted licince if you needed it. REGUARDLESS of the oath you choose... it'll be great because you did it and it'll be yours.... and remember FAIL means First Attempt In Learing....
  10. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    Here's one that hires with only a cdl permit. Guaranteed $1000/week minimum - plus incentives (you'll earn more)
    Gordon Food Service
    Like any job, we do have a few minimum requirements:

    • You must be 21years of age or older
    • CDL temp permit minimum requirement at hiring
    • CDL Class A (Commercial Driver’s License) required at hire or within 90 days of start date
    • Ability to satisfy DOT requirements
    • Must pass a RIAH (hair sample) drug screen
    • Delivery Driver
      Work LocationUS-TX-COPPELL
      777 FREEPORT PKWY STE 101
      Local Routes - Home Daily
      You’re home daily - here’s what you’d be doing each day:
      • Enjoy an established route, building great customer experiences
      • Deliver groceries to each customer site - likely 12-14 drops per day
      • Get a workout with loads of up to 350 lbs on a two-wheeler
      • Connect with the customer to be sure their needs are met
      • Use state of the industry tools to track your deliveries and issues
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