Great school that offers CDL in a month?

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  1. JoseEduardo7

    JoseEduardo7 Bobtail Member

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    Hello Truckers!

    Near the Orlando, Florida area. I’m a Florida US Citizen. Me and my wife are trying to move up north, i just want to do it in Florida because of the state benefits because I grew up in Florida, so they must offer free benefits ect if I apply there? Community college is my best bet, but the program is 180 hours long which is about 3 months i’m assuming. Is there any other options that offer state benefits ect? Including only 1 month of training to get your CDL? Any advice would help, thanks.
     
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  3. lual

    lual Road Train Member

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    Jose.....

    Your best strategy is to first figure out with which carrier you want to drive, and also what type(s) of freight interest you the most.

    I say that, because.....some carriers will hire you straight out of CDL school--IF you attend and finish at one of their chosen, approved schools.

    Check out company websites to see what CDL schools they prefer (if they do in fact hire new CDL grads)--then plan on/do the paperwork to go there.

    When you say, "move up north"....just what area "up north" did you have in mind?

    That's a pretty vague description. "Up north" could mean "Alabama"....or maybe "Ohio"....or......????

    --Lual
     
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    JoseEduardo7 Bobtail Member

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    Thanks for the help!
    Yeah we still haven’t figured that out yet, it’s in the air at the moment, we thought about Wisconsin, Mass, Colorado. If it’s cold, were there .
     
  5. lual

    lual Road Train Member

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    Jose....

    With all that said --

    BE VER-RY CAREFUL....about your moving destination choices.

    Why?

    Well, depending on the type(s) of freight you choose--the area you move to could see freight volumes dry up more than in other areas, depending on what the recession does, and how long it lasts.

    Other Forum threads here already have recently illustrated this problem.

    You could end up moving to an area where opportunity has seriously dried up. :(

    NOOOTTT cool!!! :confused: :oops:

    What's my overall point?

    Beside the above--do your homework and due diligence on where the markets are, for the freight type(s) you have in mind--then try to pick areas where things won't decline so much, if the recession persists.

    An easy example: in the last recession, I ran intermodal freight out of the Atlanta area.

    While other drivers sat and waited for loads--our intermodal group stayed very busy.

    During that time--I never waited for a load. :)

    The simple truth is that....for intermodal freight (at least), Atlanta again proved to indeed be "the crossroads of the southeast"....as it is often called.

    An awful lot of freight has to pass through the Atlanta area, to get elsewhere in the south.

    Since you'll be moving during a recession--you'll have to be a lot more careful/mindful about the above.

    --Lual
     
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  6. LtlAnonymous

    LtlAnonymous Road Train Member

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    Great school

    CDL in a month

    Pick one.
     
  7. JoseEduardo7

    JoseEduardo7 Bobtail Member

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    So word on the street is Atlanta is booming!, not having to wait for loads, everyones busy ect haha!
    Thank you , I’ll definitely talk to my wife about this and be more cautious about where we move.
     
  8. Terlingua

    Terlingua Medium Load Member

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    Community colleges are often about 3 months, or one semester. Most private full-time CDL schools are going to be about a month and still be 160-180 hours. None of them will be free unless you qualify for a WIOA grant. If you want to commit to a year contract, there are many carriers that will pay for your school and pay you a small amount while you get your CDL.
     
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    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Reno, Nevada is very cold in the winter months.
    No state income taxes and no food taxes at the grocery stores.
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    Love's Truck Stop in Reno, Nevada during the winter.
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