Roadmaster Phoenix too many students, greedy?

Discussion in 'Trucking Schools and CDL Training Forum' started by MaximumOverdrive21, Sep 14, 2023.

  1. TheLoadOut

    TheLoadOut Road Train Member

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    Man, I'm in the wrong business. 11K for a CDL? and be a slave to Werner for 1 year and all is forgiven? I applaud you for learning a trade and wanting to contribute to society but there had to have been a much more affordable way without strings attached to it. Best of luck to you. Not only was it sad to read the price of the training but the language barrier between the trainers and trainees is just insane to comprehend. In an industry that cries SAFETY FIRST every chance it gets. If I remember I think I paid $2,300 in 1992 through a private school.
     
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  3. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

    CDL schools have been this way for 3 decades. They didn't hire you to be a consultant and fix their school. You hired them to teach you enough to get a CDL. Learn everything you can and the first employer will teach you the 95% of the job the school doesn't teach. They wouldn't be charging $11k per student if there wasn't a huge demand by newbies to get a CDL. If you focus on the school you may work for the wrong company and not make AT least $11k more than you would have earned before CDL school.
     
  4. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

    Contracts are not something you should ever let yourself be rushed into. Now you are in a corner. Stop wanting to fix the school and get your CDL. The shortest path out of this problem is forward. Unless the school asks you how to improve the situation they don't want to hear from you. Practice your pre-trip items, you will need as much time as possible.
     
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  5. lual

    lual Road Train Member

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    With all of the above said -- if you do graduate with a CDL, Werner really isn't a bad gig right out of the gate.

    Truth be told -- you could certainly do A LOT WORSE (& others most certainly have :rolleyes:).

    -- L
     
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  6. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

    I paid $3500 in 1994. A nearby state Vo-Tech is/was charging $4k in the last year or two.
    Half of the companies that hire newbies will offer Tuition Reimbursement if the new-hires have outstanding CDL school loans. But, like Chinatown said, I don't know of a company willing to reimburse $11k in loans.
    Look before you leap
     
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  7. rollin coal

    rollin coal Road Train Member

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    I paid $3,500 in 2000 to TDI in Christiana, TN. I later found out it would have been cheaper through the vocational technical school in Shelbyville, TN. I should have done some homework before pulling the trigger but I just jumped in like op. But $11,000 wow! The big blue screw no less. Modern day indentured servitude.
     
  8. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

    TDI/CDI was the school I used before they moved to Christiana. I thought they had a good school and the price was fair. I had a job waiting on me before I graduated.
     
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  9. rollin coal

    rollin coal Road Train Member

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    Yeah, same here. Ironically Werner rejected me. Turned out they did me a huge favor lol
     
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  10. MaximumOverdrive21

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    Well a short update on how the classes are going. We have an excellent instructor who makes the school worth it. No kidding. I was initially turned off by them having crowded classrooms but that was somehow magically fixed once I posted this thread. Seems like a great school now that I’ve gotten some classroom time with there too notch cadre. I spoke way too soon for sure. Thanks for your input guys.
     
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