Swift Training in San Antonio, TX

Discussion in 'Trucking Schools and CDL Training Forum' started by GhostRyder, Mar 14, 2008.

  1. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder Bobtail Member

    Mar 5, 2008
    Clinton, MA
    Hi everyone,

    I've been reading in all the forums for a few weeks, and I must say that I've learned alot. I feel like from doing a lot of reaearch that I would be going towards a trucking career with my eyes open. I'm looking into Swift company training out of San Antonio, TX.

    I've read all the horror stories about CR England, Swift etc.......can't afford to pay for CDL. I want to get retrained into a new career and move on to a better company after 13 months if necessary. I know from what I've read that the first year is tough at most companies; just want to get the experience and find my niche, maybe (dedicated or regional.)

    Has anyone been through the training at Swift in San Antonio? Any info would be appreciated. I'm waiting to hear back from Prime, Schneider & Roehl, but I'm from RI and am not sure how much these companies run into New England.

    The Swift recruiter told me drivers could take the truck home....can any Swiftys confirm that?

  2. t2000isx

    t2000isx Light Load Member

    Feb 29, 2008
    North Charleston, SC
    You can take trucks home..there are i believe 3 areas on the no take home list, Augusta GA and Jacksonville FL are two of them.

    Seems a little out of the way to go from RI to TX...I went to the Richmond VA academy, sure they cant take you there?
    nckid Thanks this.
  3. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder Bobtail Member

    Mar 5, 2008
    Clinton, MA

    That's what I asked the recruiter; but she said San Antonio was the closest??? You can be sure if I end up there at Swift in San Antonio that I'm not taking the bus all the way to southern Texas. I'll buy my own one way ticket on Southwest before I spend 24 hours on a Greyhound bus.
  4. t2000isx

    t2000isx Light Load Member

    Feb 29, 2008
    North Charleston, SC
    thats insane...i just remembered that the Richmond School only does VA, PA, and NC for some reason.

    Swift will repay you the price of a bus ticket from you to San Antonio so save that plane ticket, you can get SOME of it back at least. They pay you back once your hired and assigned a truck. As about it at orientation.

    And from you to Texas would be more than 24 hours lol...wise choice!
  5. xtrain

    xtrain Bobtail Member

    Mar 7, 2008
    I will also be heading to the Swift school in San Antoino. I wish I could be of help but I can't get my questions answered either. :biggrin_2559: Good Luck to you.
  6. BaLa

    BaLa Bobtail Member

    Feb 21, 2008
    Temple, Tx
    I'm actually here right now.

    The Classroom Stuff (1st week) was pretty easy and the different tests at DPS were pretty easy too I thought.

    We just did 1 week of backing/parallel parking.
    That wasn't too bad after I got the hang of it.
    Monday we are going to the Shifting Range.

    So far all of the Instructors have been nice and they seem pretty knowledgeable.

    Oh, btw the Days Inn sux.
    Days Inn does take us to HEB (Grocery Store) twice a week, thats kind of a screwy deal also.
    Only 2 places within reasonable walking distance too.
  7. CityBoy99

    CityBoy99 Bobtail Member

    May 20, 2009
    Dallas, tx
    Hey anyone out there still at the San Antonio academy? Wanted a lil more recent info. Any will help, Thanks
  8. bill122250

    bill122250 Medium Load Member

    Jan 21, 2009
    Grafton, MA
    Ghostrider be careful. I went to NETTTS in Pawtucket and they told us that some states in northeast won't transfer an Arizona license. Massachusetts in one and I think they mentioned Rhode Iskand.
  9. canyonrun

    canyonrun Bobtail Member

    Jun 19, 2011
    San Antonio, Tx.
    I just joined this site and I'm trying to check into getting into trucking. I moved here 18 months ago, and was always in the steel or manufacturing with steel business of some kind. Now, here at Toyota, we are cut back and I'm getting too old for job bouncing! I was considering Swift so i can get the training. how does all of this work? Someone said their base was Dallas. After training do you get assigned a base and relocate? Do you earn an income during training? Can you do the training before quiting your day job? Are they age discriminate in this field, I'm 56. In general, any other newbies out there like the decision you made by joining swift? If you go long haul, how long away from home? Yes, I'm really clueless!
  10. Alamorich

    Alamorich Light Load Member

    Aug 22, 2010
    Go to school at Roadmaster in San Antonio, hire on with Stevens Transport for their training, quit immediately after finishing training with them then hire on with Swift and do the 50 hours with their trainer. After all that you'll be all trained up and you will not have signed your life away to any one trucking company.
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