Thoughts on San Jacinto College CDL Training

Discussion in 'Trucking Schools and CDL Training Forum' started by Zanadu, Feb 23, 2021.

  1. Zanadu

    Zanadu Bobtail Member

    Feb 22, 2021
    Anyone on here recently attend the San Jacinto College CDL training course?, I am leaning toward them because they seem to have a much higher than average # of hours behind the wheel and the price is good. I would love to hear any feedback good or bad.
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  3. JC1971

    JC1971 Road Train Member

    Jul 29, 2013
    It looks like the community colleges have some really good CDL programs. Much less expensive than Werner-owned Roadmaster in Fontana. I would think that the hiring standards for their instructors would be better than the private schools. Hopefully, they would have some in-depth classroom lectures from knowledgeable truck drivers with real-world experience on the "science" of trucking instead of what the private schools and megacarriers are doing now--sitting everyone in front of a computer for Computer Based Training.
  4. Zanadu

    Zanadu Bobtail Member

    Feb 22, 2021
    That is what I am thinking as well. The most common negative I have found comparing college cdl courses to trucking company run schools is the emphasis on passing the test. I am not saying this is true or not as I have no personal experience but it is the most common reason showing up.
  5. Dockbumper

    Dockbumper Road Train Member

    Apr 29, 2020
    The SOLE PURPOSE of CDL Training schools is to teach you just enough to pass the test. That's it. They do not teach you to be a Truck Driver. Company Sponsored training is the quickest and least expensive route to a job and a paycheck. Good luck!
  6. plankton

    plankton Medium Load Member

    Jan 9, 2015
    Couldn’t disagree more. Company sponsored schools cost more than private or community college. As much as 7k, if you don’t fulfill your contract. They also cost you in earnings your first year. I went private school, got a job at a non mega and made at least 10k more my first year than I would have with any training company. A large proportion of students at company sponsored schools don’t even finish, and still get stuck with a bill, in some cases.
  7. roundhouse

    roundhouse Light Load Member

    Jul 11, 2018
    The community college CDL classes in my state are very good .

    much better than the private schools and cost $1,600 verses $7,000

    You will have multiple job offers before you graduate.
    Picking which company to go with is the hard part.

    my nephew went thru the class and got hired , at 20 years old, by a heavy haul company with their own 9 month training program.
    You ride with another driver for 9-10 months learning how to secure the load , how to handle the oversize permits, how to plan the route etc
    Then you get assigned a truck, their fleet is 100% 650HP 18 speed W-900L’s

    After a year in that truck you get to go to the KW dealer and pick out the color of the new one they purchase for you to drive.
    They trade the trucks the week before the warranty expires .

    trainee pay is 10% of gross , and driver pay is 20%
    nephew made $35k trainee year, and $65k first year as a driver, home nearly every weekend .
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2021
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