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How to Pick The Right Truck Driving School

America is facing a truck driver shortage: according to an article recently posted in the New York Times, more than 50,000 truck drivers are needed by large freight companies right now. For anyone who is interested in becoming a truck driver, the first step to take is selecting your school. Deciding where to get your new education is a big choice, so use the tools below to determine what school to attend.

1. ASK ABOUT THE JOB PLACEMENT RECORD

You should always look for a school that provides students with a return on their education. Email or call the school that you're interested in attending and ask them about the amount of students who have received jobs after attending the program, and where they are employed. If you have friends or family who have attended truck driving schools, ask them about their outcome. Go on social media and see if any of your friends have an opinion.

2. IS THE SCHOOL REPUTABLE?

In your search for a truck driving school, consider schools who are part of a trade association such as the Commercial Vehicle Training Association (CVTA). When a school joins an association, they have access to the best technology, instructors, curriculum, and network.

3. VISIT THE SCHOOL

While searching online for a truck driving school is typically the first step, students may also benefit from visiting the school's campus. There, you will be able to meet with the instructors, view the classroom, see the trucks, and ask questions of the staff.

4. USE ONLINE RESOURCES

There are a number of forums online where truck drivers can talk about their experiences and opportunities. Trucking Truth and The Trucker's Report are two of the largest online areas to chat with other truck drivers and ask questions.

If you're looking for something other than a forum, websites like CDL.com and Truckers Training are full of resources like school finders, job posts, and step-by-step guides.

5. KEEP FINANCING IN MIND

Like most types of education, truck driving schools come with a price tag. When you're looking around and trying to decide where to go, make sure you keep an eye on the cost of tuition. Many truck driving schools offer financing options, like Skills Fund, to help students pay the cost of their tuition.

We get it - student loans have a bad reputation. Skills Fund is on a mission to change the future of lending in order to provide students with a return on their education. We question each and every school that wants to work with us. If their curriculum, instructors, and job-placement rate don't meet our standards, we won't partner with them. It's as simple as that.

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