Bad, bad, bad school!!!
It is a very disorganized school you can possibly find anywhere. The instructors have no clue as to what will be taught today or tomorrow and when. They hand to you a very poorly written instruction of the pre-trip and in-cab inspections and let you practice them with other students who have been one or more days in the training. If you're lucky, an instructor will go over the entire inspection with you once. The way they run this school is as follow. Every Monday they will start new group of students. So there will be at least a couple of new students every week added to the previous group of students, who most of times are your immediate instructors. Both the owner and his son are terrible, terrible instructors!!! The son, Paul, is much worst. He would yell and scream when he instructs you. He can't even schedule the time for you to take your test at the DMV right, and I'm NOT kidding! When you need to use a truck to practice on, for example, the brake inspection, the owner doesn't want to see you rev up the engine when you build up the air pressure because that will consume more gas. So, you have to stay within a certain range of RPM while you're doing that. There is no practice hour assigned to any individual student in any day. You have to be aggressive in getting your turn to drive the truck during the practice session, which is about 4 hours a day divided among all students And the training facility has a space that is good only for 2 trucks to practice at a time. They accept more students than they should. The bottom line is: the training you receive from the school doesn't justify the costs. YOU ARE NOT EVEN QUALIFIED FOR ANY OF THE OVER-THE-ROAD TRUCK DRIVER JOB AFTER YOU GRADUATE. You will most likely need at least two to seven weeks of additional training with the company that you'll work for before you're allowed to drive any of those big rigs. Anyway, the only good part of this school is that it has one very, very good bilingual instructor named Richard. But he mostly trains students how to drive the truck and rarely on the skills -- i.e. back up, alley dock or parallel packing.
After paying 3,355. for the school and credit with the VRAP program, come to find out school is not approved with the VA. Started school 1/8/13 and should have finished in June. Problems kept coming up with DMV testing dates and scheduling. Poorly kept vehicles and no over the road training except 20 minutes round trip consisting of two exits on freeway and city back to parking lot. Standing around the rest of a 4 hour day. Not exactly what I paid this much for. Also, at DMV 6 students would show up, and testers would only take 2 at a time, making the rest stand around or told to come back the next time, 6 weeks later if you were lucky. Richard is the only good instructor, no consistency, no organization at all. Most of training area is rented out to other trucking companies. Advertised as having new equipment which is only to be parked locked up, not available for paying customers. Trucks are in bad condition or not available due to repairs; very worn out equipment is what we were given to train on. Not happy with this school at all.