CDL Training in central Arkansas

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  1. solum

    solum Bobtail Member

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    Hello all!
    I have been lurking on this site for a couple of months now, but a first-time poster, and I'm getting ready to start a new career. I have recently spoken to a couple of O/O's and I'm convinced this is what I want to do with my life. The job I'm in now is.. lackluster. I have scoured the forums and I really can't find a lot of posts about people in Arkansas. I plan to get my own truck and trailer and work locally with a hopper bottom, but I know insurance is going to slaughter me. I currently have my CDL permit, with double/triple and tanker endorsement. I grew up my entire life on a farm, so big equipment doesn't scare me. One of those O/O's took me out a couple weeks ago driving, roughly an hour or so. He was very surprised I had never been on the highway in a truck (I only cut the corner on my first right turn with the trailer!). I feel like I wouldn't have a problem passing my CDL pre-trip/skills/driving, but, honestly, I'm scared to death of the tests.
    I am debating if it would be best to go ahead and get in with a company that does training for the CDL test. My problem with this is that I really want to stay local, both in training and in driving. Opinions? If you have any suggestions, I am all ears, or eyes.
    Thanks for any and all responses.
     
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    Which city/town are you near?
     
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    I'm in central Arkansas. About 30 minutes south of Little Rock
     
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    Carter Express has a cdl school in Paragould, AR and it's free to you.
    Sometimes will pay for private cdl school near to you, which is a good deal.
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    CDL-A Truck Driver Job Training Program - Carter Express, Inc.
    Carter Express is the best place to get your CDL truck driver training because of our supportive culture, steady freight, and safety focus – no experience necessary! When you attend training at one of our certified partner schools, Carter Express can sponsor you which includes covering 100% of the tuition costs or offering a tuition reimbursement program.
     
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    YRC Freight
    4500 W 65th St
    Little Rock, AR
    This company usually wants a year experience, but also has cdl school for those with no cdl.
    The school is free and no contract to sign.
    Teamsters Union benefits.
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    Home every day
    • Competitive pay based on union scale
    • 100% paid premiums for Medical, Dental, and Vision coverage for you and your family (most locations)
    Tuition-free CDL Driving Academy - Truck Driver Jobs ...
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    Sysco
    5800 Frozen Rd
    Little Rock, AR 72209
    Up to $80,000 a year
    Local work/home every day
    If you can attend a private or community college cdl school or Vocational/Tech school like Diesel Driving Academy, Sysco will reimburse the tuition back to you.
    • Recent driving school graduates welcome
    • Tuition reimbursement
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    Louisiana and Arkansas Truck Driving SchoolDiesel Driving ...
    Diesel Driving Academy

    Vocational & technical school
    11001 Interstate 30, Little Rock ·
    Diesel Driving Academy is Accredited
    Enrolling in driver training is an investment in you. It’s an important step, and we’re here to help. Diesel Driving Academy financial aid team will help you find out if you qualify for a reasonable financial aid plan and then help you build it to maximize your options. We do this in person and will make the effort to guide you through the process of identifying appropriate grants, scholarships or loans.

    We can also help you figure out if you’re qualified for federal student aid through the FAFSA application program.

    We want to make applying for financial assistance as simple as possible for you and answer all the questions you may have. We will do whatever we can to clarify what may seem like an overwhelming process.

    These programs were established to guarantee a minimum amount of funds to every eligible student planning to attend a post-secondary training institution. Eligibility is determined according to guidelines set by the federal government.
     
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    Here is my biggest issue with that; I have a full time job. I can't afford to disappear for weeks to attend driving school. I am really stuck between a rock and a hard spot here, and I know it. I am looking for a needle in a pile of haystacks, and, as I said, I appreciate any and all help you're offering.
     
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    Yellow Driving Academy pays hourly plus meals and lodging.
    I think it pays $17 or $18 an hour.
    This is on the website I posted.
     
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    Some cdl schools have weekend classes for those that can't afford to quit their full time job.
    Some companies pay while attending their cdl school
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    Western Dairy Transport pays hourly plus meals and lodging. After graduation are paid drivers pay.
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    Roehl Transport pays salary of $616.00 weekly while attending their school, then at graduation pay drivers pay.
    Also, pays for meals and lodging while attend the cdl school.
     
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