CDL school in South FL

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by tonakis, Dec 29, 2012.

  1. tonakis

    tonakis Light Load Member

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    Hi,

    My name is Tony and I have been following the forum for a couple of months now, yet, this is my first post. Looking to attend Sheridan Technical Institute in Broward county, Florida. Can anyone provide any feedback? The program seems comprehensive with its 9 week course, M-F 7:00am-2:00pm, 320 hrs, 1000 miles of driving. The price I believe is right too at about $2000. From what I read here on TTR with all company schools charging $4000-$6000, the one I am looking at sounds like a bargain! :biggrin_255:

    The school is also a public institution, which means I can get a student loan for the amount, which is also a plus.

    Also, any ideas for a company to start with that has terminals in Florida? I know that South Florida is pretty bad for trucking, especially out of Miami, for example (I learned this in the forum). It will be possible for me to move up north to either Jacksonville or Gainesville. Any thoughts?
     
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  3. Spacecoast

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    Try Armellini. They are a team floral carrier based in Palm City.
     
  4. H-D Road Glide

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    Arnold if you're moving to Jax. Never worked for them, but they're local and hire recent grads.
     
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  5. Chinatown

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    FFE (Frozen Food Express) has 2 terminals in South Florida : Miami & Winter Haven.

    CTL is big in Central Florida.

    BekinsA1jobs has a terminal in Sarasota and several agent terminals throughout FL.

    I think MCT 0/0's sometime hires new CDL grads in Auburndale.
     
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  6. H-D Road Glide

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    MCT is owner op. Bust the rest of the ComCar are company drivers.
     
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  7. tonakis

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    I have been thinking about moving up north to Jacksonville. I have good friend who has been an O/O for about 10 years, he used to drive trucks in across Europe also before that. I can use his help and advice, and at the same time it seems to me that if you are trucking out of Florida, Central and North Florida (Jacksonville basically) are the best places to be.

    Good to know Arnold hires newly grads, thanks! I will look into them, definitely.
     
  8. tonakis

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    :biggrin_25514:

    Thanks, I am still learning about the companies in the industry - didn't know that FFE have a terminal in Miami, right under my nose! I just went on their website to look for some information, seems like their terminal in Miami is about 25 miles from where I live, which is geat. Any ideas of what should I expect from them? I keep my expectations low, at least for my first year gaining experience. Definitely want to go OTR. Any feedback on FFE? I could not see how much they pay per mile for newbies anywhere on the website.
     
  9. Chinatown

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    I read on here the school is good & pretty strict on the driving & road test. If you decide on FFE, just stay focused & don't let the other students distract you. The company has been around a long time, so they're doing something right. Best wishes.
     
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  10. tonakis

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    Thanks Chinatown. Looking forward to school :)

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