Good and or great school in California?

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    GWG Light Load Member

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    Hey, did you change your name from thePunisher on the thread about Western Pacific School?
    GWG :biggrin_2558:
     
  3. sadwar

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    No complaints, happy as I can be. Liking Schneider so far. Good miles, good time at home.
     
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    If you're really considering Sacramento, There's a school up here called California Emergency Foodlink. Its a lot cheaper than any truck school I ever heard of. I cost me around $200 total if i remember right. I went through back in 07 and it was an 18 week program. 6 weeks in the classroom, 6 on the training lot doin all the hands on stuff and learning to drive, and the last 6 was ride-alongs with their employed drivers running to foodbanks and stuff like that. Most folks typically got their CDL within 12 weeks but they will work with you and even roll you into the next class if you need more training. The training was as good or better than a standard truck school. Here's a link to their program http://www.foodlink.org/truck-driving-program
     
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    Paluche Light Load Member

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    That food link is a good program; however, they don't have the capacity to enroll a lot of people. Kind of a really cool non-profit operation they have going.
     
    superpet39 Thanks this.
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    A 1 to 1 student ratio is over-rated and shouldn't be the only thing you're looking for. As an instructor, I'd say that 3-4 to 1 is ideal.
    Most people, on average, struggle at first with shifting and double-clutching and grow frustrated after 5 or 10 minutes behind the wheel. It is very beneficial to switch out with another student, watch for a awhile, then give it another shot.

    The personality of the instructor is important also. They shouldn't yell or overload you with information at first. These are things to consider when looking for a training outfit.
     
  8. sadwar

    sadwar Road Train Member

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    Ask to have Charlie as your instructor at Dootson, he is a great teacher.
     
  9. seamallowance

    seamallowance Medium Load Member

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    Excellent advice and much appreciated.

    As a practical matter, how does a person (who is checking out schools) get the insight as to what a school's strong points are (good instructors who don't yell, for example)? Kinda hard to figure out before you plunk down the money.

    I suspect that the school recruiters are quite well-versed in blowing smoke up our skirts. They are in sales, after all.
     
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    Hey guys, if you don't mind spending 16 week on training, and would only have to pay around $280 for the complete training. You might want to check this company out. Just figured I'd pass it along since I came upon it through my search for a school. http://www.foodlink.org/truck-driving-program
     
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