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Thursday, July 19, 2012
Looking for a Career as a Commercial Driver?
- Truckers don’t want to take on the long haul assignments that keep them separated from their families for long periods.
- The 21 year old age limit to get a CDL license leads those who have just graduated high school to seek other trades instead.
- The federal government’s publication of trucking company safety records have lead trucking companies to hire only those drivers with near spotless driving records.
- The cost of attending a truck driving school is prohibitive for some.
- Veterans can use their GI Bill. According to the Veterans Affairs website:
The Post-9/11 GI BillNon-College Degree (NCD) programs offered at non-degree granting schools: Pays the actual net costs for in-state tuition and fees or $17,500, whichever is less.Also pays your Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA), based on the location of the school and up to $83 per month for books and supplies.Check with your local Veteran’s Affairs office for details.
- Veterans whose GI Bill benefits have expired may qualify for the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) through the Department of Veterans Affairs. For details and qualifications, visit: http://benefits.va.gov/vow/education.htm
- Non-Veterans can check to see if there may be some form of grants or re-training funds through their local state Department of Labor Workforce Development Office or One-Stop Career Centers.
- Some trucking companies may offer reimbursements for CDL training. Your local truck driver training school will have information on programs for those who qualify
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