If you want to become a part of Michigan's multifaceted trucking industry, Grawn may well be one of the best cities to wear in your tires. The city's truck driving school, Advanced Tech Courses, is located directly on a highway. As a result, you have lots of chances for driving practice when you complete your classroom training.
Unlike many other education programs, truck driving training is typically a full-time commitment. You should plan on being in school for 40 hours per week for four to eight weeks. This encompasses both classroom education and behind-the-wheel driving experience. When you complete your education, you can take your Class A driving test. However, some programs cater to students who have full-time jobs. The best way to find out if a program will work with your schedule is to speak with them and ask plenty of questions. You want to be sure you’re on the same page, and you want to be sure they know prospective employers that may hire you after you’re done.
Also, don’t be afraid to consider schools beyond your city limits. If you’re looking to become a career veteran of the road, you’re going to be doing your share of driving, so commuting a little bit outside of your city shouldn’t scare you. This will allow you to entertain more truck driving school options, and not get stuck with choosing one that might not be a good fit for you.
When considering your options for CDL training, there are some important questions you need to ask admissions reps at each institution. One of the biggest questions is cost. Does the school match up with your financial situation, and if not, do they offer financial aid for which you qualify? Also, ask about any relationships they have with employers. There are a number of employers that offer tuition reimbursements, and utilizing the school’s relationship with that employer might be beneficial in not only saving you some money on school, but it might also get you the job you went to school for in the first place.
Some additional questions arise around training. Consider asking them the type of equipment you will be using, or whether they offer endorsement training like HazMat or Tanker. Endorsements such as these can help you get a job because of the demand for drivers with specialized training. These drivers can also earn additional pay because of the demand. Additionally, talk to the school about their success: what is there graduation rate, how many of their graduates got a job working for a trucking company in the first couple of months after graduation, and do they have any graduates you could talk to about their experience with the school.
Although Grawn only has about , it is an important city for Michigan's trucking industry. U.S. Highway 31 runs through the city, making it an important transportation route. There are several local trucking employers that hire new truck drivers, including Beeman Trucking and Grand Traverse Trucking.
Tractor-trailer drivers in the northwestern part of the Lower Peninsula, including those in Grawn, report an average annual salary of $36,830 (BLS, 2013). Those who drive light trucks may earn an average salary of $35,610 per year (BLS, 2013).
Don’t wait any longer to pursue a career in trucking. Contact the school below to get started.