There is one school that offers prospective truck drivers the chance to get the training they need: the Center for Employment Training. With a four-to-weight week commitment, you can complete both your classroom education and your behind-the-wheel training. Some drivers who already have training may be looking to add endorsements, such as passenger and HazMat, to their resumes. Contact this school today to talk with them about your goals for driving. They may also have relationships with Soledad trucking companies that may consider hiring you after your training is complete.
If you are wondering how you can pay for your education, CET has many different financial aid opportunities to look into. Depending on your financial need, you may be eligible for federal grants or subsidized federal loans. You must fill out the FAFSA to determine your eligibility. There may be private loan options as well. Several local organizations offer scholarships to offset your educational costs.
Soledad is currently home to over 25,000 residents. Highway 101 and California State Route 146 are two of the largest highways in this area, making them main transportation routes for truckers. Local trucking companies include GTO Equipment, Yanez Trucking, Guillen Transport, and Stan Suarez Trucking. In this area, trucking professionals that drive heavy trucks earn an average of $38,900 per year (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013). Drivers that drive light trucks report a median salary of $31,840 (BLS, 2013).