Georgia Driver's Academy, Columbus, GA or South Ga Tech in Americus, GA?

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  1. majorbanjo

    majorbanjo Bobtail Member

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    Looking at these two schools....price is not really a concern since I'll be using post 911 GI Bill.......one is 8 weeks one is 18 days......GDA is affiliated with Fort Benning and I'm trying to decide in the next week or so.....would prefer to be working sooner than later, but I have retired after 24.5 years in the Military so I do have retirement income coming in.....Thanks for any advice....heading to a Benny Whitehead trucking today to get their advice.....
     
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  3. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    The 8 wk. school would be best. Let us know what Benny Whitehead says.
    I know someone that worked there a few years ago and back then he hauled lot of produce, potatoes, etc from the Western states back to the Southeast. That's been probably 8 yrs. ago. He doesn't work there now.
     
  4. skateboardman

    skateboardman Road Train Member

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    so the 8 week school would be best???? get real Chinatown. the tech schools in ga offer a very good program. and also its a better price point, but overall the tech school would be more thorough. think back to the military would a 8 week basic training and ait turn out a better soldier or an 18 week training period. just saying
     
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  5. ladr

    ladr Road Train Member

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    Take the 18 week course. Better training.

    And whitehead does not pay that well.
     
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    Leviathan Tube Light Load Member

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    Don't know if OP was edited, but he says 18 day, not 18 week.
     
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  7. ladr

    ladr Road Train Member

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    lol...fat fingers.Take the 8 week course.....
     
  8. ctoles86

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    Im starting GDA soon. Instructor / teacher ratio 4:1. Very good passing ratio and great instructors. Its also about $1800.00 cheaper than competitor schools, not factoring in hotel rooms. I rather get done it 3 weeks rather than drag it out 4 months. I can't afford / willing to be in school that long... College was long enough. If its like any training I've had before you learn the real ropes out on the job with your trainer.
     
  9. Chaps

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    The school is just to teach you the basics and get you out the door with a cdl. Take the shorter course you would be chewing on a gun barrel in the longer one.

    Good luck!
     
  10. Thermos Bottle

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    Going to a college will allow you to get on with a better paying company. Many of the recruiters that came by my school noted that they do not hire from those short 3-week schools. GDA will give you the whole pro-military speech, then charge you $4K or more. I know OP has the GI Bill, but for others reading this thread, college tuition is cheaper (mine was $1700).
     
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  11. ctoles86

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    The tech schools in my area are 16 weeks in length. No where have I seen a company prefer tech schools over dedicated cdl schools. Most require cdl school certificates + experience, some only cdl schools. It seems many companies are desperate for a good, clean driver with solid endorsements. I'm going the 3 week route and don't think I will have a problem landing a good job. Shoot, after a year it doesn't matter if you went to GDA cdl school or Harvard's cdl school. All the same in my opinion.
     
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