Question: I live in central Florida (Ocala). I am interested in attending a CDL school in Florida. I plan to pay the total cost out of pocket. I found a school in Starke (North Florida Technical School), but not sure if it is the best option. Can any of you give me what I should be most concerned with while looking into a school?
Need help choosing CDL school
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The main issue is to make sure the school is at least 160 hrs. because that's what most trucking companies want.
Technical schools and community colleges in Florida have excellent reputations for good cdl training.
Many trucking companies will reimburse the tuition directly back to you.
That school looks really good and the price is right:
North Florida Technical College
The tuition cost for the 320 clock hour program is $921.60, plus lab fees, textbook, drug testing, state license fee, tires, repairs, fuel, and other miscellaneous necessary item. Total $3,009.09. Notice: Program costs are subject to change without notice. The Pell grant is NOT available for this program.
a. Class "A" - Tractor Trailer Truck Driver - 320 Total Hours
Here's a local job, but the pay isn't too good. This company has tuition reimbursement for new cdl graduates.
CDL-A Local Truck Driver, Company Driver, Edgewater, FL
New Pay Package Announced!! 4% Increase on Tonnage Rates
Potential To Earn Up To $49,900 Hauling Local- Dry Bulk
You can make $65K - $70K pulling tankers right out of cdl school.
Here's some that hire new cdl grads:
Trimac Transportation - OTR liquid hazmat
McKenzie Tank Lines
SVTN - www.svtn.com
All the above hire new cdl graduates, even if website has "experience required."
You don't have to live near a terminal to work for these companies if your running long haul.
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