Back to School for a Truck Driving Career

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

As the unemployment rate continues to rise, many laid off workers, and people in need of a job are hitting the road, and going to truck driving school.

Administrators at the Ohio Valley Truck Driver Training School say they've seen an increase in the number of students getting behind the wheel.

Students say it's a job that will take them many places, and most importantly, it's a fast, easy way to get back in the work force.

"I decided to go with trucking because I can go to training for five weeks, and at the end of that hopefully get out and get a job making between $35,000 to $40,000 a year my first year," Charlene Vanhorn, a student, said.

Administrators say the courses cost about $5,000, and that truck driving jobs are still in high demand.

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  • by billy Location: marietta on Jul 23, 2009 at 05:20 AM
    i went to school there and found no problems, it sounds like some sour grapes with some of the former employees of the school, and if people think that the trucks at the school are in disrepair, then wait till they go to work for some of these places, folks it,s not a perfect world...
  • by wvtravlr Location: Ravenswood on Jul 18, 2009 at 08:01 AM
    These truck driving schools will tell you anything just to get you in the seat... Ive even heard of people with horrendous driving records completeing the school... only to find out that these companies will not hire you....
  • by wvtravlr Location: Ravenswood WV on Jul 18, 2009 at 07:44 AM
    Drivers that will work cheap are in high demand...Ive been driving for 28 yrs. Ive never seen it this bad..Alot of downtime while your away from home..Manufacturing goods are slow..Aotumotive and housing are at a crawl...those products are just not moving.. Alot of trucking companies that have been around forever,are going out of business.. But some of these companoies can hire drivers rite out of driving schools and paybthe 50% less than an expierienced driver...Most of them are owned by the railroad..And subsidized by federal tax dollars..
  • by whatever Location: pburg on Jul 17, 2009 at 10:15 PM
    my husband is a local driver home at least 3 nights a week and 90% weekends and makes over 50k a year so i dont know what most these drivers are talking about. if your a good driver than you shouldnt have trouble getting good job. and to WOMEN-EX TRUCKER sounds like they just wanted rid of you!
  • by trucker Location: parkersburg on Jul 17, 2009 at 03:48 PM
    this school is not fit to be called a school,I know cause I used to work for this so called school. Trucking can make u money if u are willing to work and be away from home. but it will take a year or more to get in the door. I would advise a person to go to alliance in wytheville va.they offer better training and more companies to chose from to start,also top equipment.
  • by Deb Location: Parkersburg on Jul 17, 2009 at 12:03 PM
    People please watch this school,I also went to this school in 2007 and they did do a couple of Instructors dirty,and kept a bad one. Its a awful school. Their equipment is in bad shape.NOT FIT TO BE ON THE ROAD.
  • by Ken Location: Athens on Jul 17, 2009 at 10:42 AM
    I started driving about 16 months ago after Mcbee systems in Athens shut down. I love it . I love the open road , my main routes have me going from Columbus to St.Louis and Columbus to Baltimore loaded both ways both trips. I made just over $33,000 last year and should do a little better this year. Im home on Friday around 6 PM and back on the road at 5 Am Monday, not the best but ok for now.
  • by russ Location: athens on Jul 17, 2009 at 08:01 AM
    They lie to you there, you dont make that kind of money. And there is no home time.Watch out for this school.
  • by Jeff Location: Parkersburg on Jul 17, 2009 at 07:55 AM
    Make sure before you go to this you ck everything out about them. I went there and its not very good, they had a couple good trainers and got rid of them and kept a bad one.........
  • by Tara on Jul 17, 2009 at 06:07 AM
    Yeah............WTAP, you should know who you are interveiwing, first. This place is owned by Mike Post,LOL.............and this truck driving school is a joke. The instructor Matt yells, and screams.......and nasty talking.This place is a hole in the wall..GO TO VIRGINIA, if you want to learn to drive at Tractor Trailer.
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