this lady needs advise

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by raindown1977, Apr 28, 2015.

  1. raindown1977

    raindown1977 Bobtail Member

    Apr 28, 2015
    Hi yall!! I am a 37 year old woman and am finally following my dream of being a truck driver. My dad drove for young blood for 23 years. At first it seemed everything was going good. Really smooth. Now I'm ready reviews and am seeing that it may not be as smooth as I thought. I applied at MTC and was accepted quickly. Was promised when I graduate with Cdl after 4 weeks I would come home 1 week then spend 5 weeks with a mentor driver then be issued my own truck. So a job was already secured as long as I pass everything. But stuff I'm reading now don't sound too promising. Y'all help me out. This is my dream and I don't want to give up on it. I don't have the money to pay for the school myself so I don't know what other options I have. Any comments are appreciated.
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  3. SLANT6

    SLANT6 Road Train Member

    Dec 3, 2012
    The Nut House
    Based on everything you wrote, I have no clue what type of advise you are seeking. Please be more clear and you may get a response.
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  4. truckerlife74

    truckerlife74 Medium Load Member

    Nov 7, 2012
    Charlotte nc
    What is the question did I miss something?
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  5. raindown1977

    raindown1977 Bobtail Member

    Apr 28, 2015
    I apologize for not being clear. I want to know what y'all know about MTC. Is it as bad as what I am reading? Hopefully from someone who has attended and can tell me if they had the promised jib upon graduation. What other,better,options I might have with very little up front out of pocket expense? Pretty much any advise on getting started in this industry with no experience or money but absolutely willing to put everything into succeeding.
  6. GAPathfinder

    GAPathfinder Light Load Member

    Sep 10, 2008
    Jacksonville, FL
    MTC is a CDL mill. Would suggest you seek financial aid and think about a community college program for your CDL, or maybe look at Millis Transfer who has their own school...cost to you would be $500. Some other companies that have schools or would assist you with a school are Swift, Werner, CRST, Covenant to name a few. Once you decide on a company plan to stay with that first company 1 to 2 years minimum to complete your obligation and earn your stripes so to speak. Then after that initial 1 to 2 years your choices for better companies will open up leading to more money. There is plenty of good information on this website that will assist you, and plenty of good people that will offer positive advice as well, but you will get ribbed too by others. At the end of the get out what you put in so dig in, do the hard work and persevere, and you will succeed or learn that trucking life is not for you. Wish you good luck in your endeavors.
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  7. icsheeple

    icsheeple Trailing the Herd

    Nov 1, 2013
    Kansas City, KS
    I'd advise avoiding a company sponsored school, and go the community college route.

    Please understand, even the comm college schools are terrible. They give you enough to pass the state CDL exam. That's it. Then you have to find a decent company to train. They are pricey too, mine was $2900.

    Do your research.

    I went to a community college course for 6 weeks, then trained for 3 weeks with my first company. First solo dispatch 9 weeks after deciding I wanted to play truck driver.

    Once you settle on a company, stick with it for an entire year from the day of your first solo dispatch. Don't job hop. Every starter company is pretty much just as terrible as the next one. Get that first year under your belt, no wrecks, no tickets. Then look for better paying work.

    Another pro tip would be go get into something specialized right out of the gate. Tankers would be a great start if you can get on with a tanker company that trains students.

    Good luck.
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  8. Flashdrive7

    Flashdrive7 Medium Load Member

    Apr 24, 2015
    West Coast
    Bear in mind that if you take training from a company that has its own school you will be liable for the cost. I you change your mind about the job you'll be tied to the debt possibly for years. The community college rout that other drivers have suggested is probably you best option. It will be easier to work out financial aid that way. best of luck
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  9. raindown1977

    raindown1977 Bobtail Member

    Apr 28, 2015
    Thanks for the replies you guys are great. I have a good idea what im getting into. I'm prepared for the first year or so being pretty crappy. And it don't detour or scare me. My daddy raised a tough cookie Lol. I'm ready to pay the dues all y'all veterans have paid to make this a lifelong career. The only thing stopping me right now is financing. I thought I had hit paydirt with this school but I'm starting to realize its not what what it promised.
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  10. A Bug

    A Bug Heavy Load Member

    Mar 15, 2014
    Sevierville TN
    Whatever you are reading about MTC it is nothing compared to what I heard about the company I went through for training. CR England is the worst of the worst according to what they say on the internet and yet I survived, got my CDL, and after only six months was netting a thousand dollars each week(with a different company of course).

    Four weeks seems a bit long for company sponsored training, CR England had me out on the road with my paper cdl in 12 days. Stop second guessing things here and go for it.
  11. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    Earl Henderson Trucking Co. is easy to get started with. They provide hotel room and 3 meals a day while in school. They will bus you or Amtrak you to the school in Illinois.
    I recommend this school for people in a financial situation where money is really tight; dire financial straits.

    You will need original social security card, original birth certificate, sleeping bag, pillow.
    Take some instant microwave food for between meal snacking and on the road until your first paycheck. Microwave oven use is free in hotel and truckstops.
    Ramen Noodles

    Here's some more with the same/similar deal, but Henderson is usually the quickest to get started with.
    Southern Refrigerated Transport
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2015
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