Expert Interview – Harold Trent, USTDS School Director

 

When you’re looking at different CDL schools, or trying to figure out if truck driver training is something you should really be doing, you do a lot of research online. Google and Yahoo become your best friends, and you’ll search for it all: “Best CDL school near me,” “How long is CDL school?” “How much does CDL training cost?” and everything in between.

Sometimes, all you really want to do is hear from an expert…and maybe without really having to talk to them.

This is where Harold Trent comes in.

picture of Harold Trent, School Director at US Truck Driving School sitting at his desk, smiling at the camera

Harold Trent, School Director/Supervisor of Training | US Truck Driving School

Harold is our School Director & Supervisor of Training at the US Truck Denver campus.

Trucking seems to run in his family – both of his parents are truck drivers, his uncle is a heavy duty truck mechanic, and after graduating high school, he decided to give it a shot as well.

He spent over a decade working primarily OTR (over the road) and regional with a small company and a few owner operators, learned the ropes of truck maintenance, and eventually made his way to a Director position at our school.

From creating and developing new ideas for each of the different training programs, to making sure that our equipment is properly licensed and maintained for training, Harold is always on his toes, making sure everything is running and operating smoothly!

 

I tell our students this:
trucking is 35 hours a day, 45 days a month,
15 months a year, meaning that as long as
people need food, shelter and clothing,
trucking will not stop.”

-Harold Trent, School Director/Supervisor of Training – US Truck Driving School

Recently, Harold did an interview with Aleah from besttruckingschools.com, where he discussed the advantage of going to a truck driving school, the kinds of things a prospective student should look for in a truck driving school, and he gave his best advice for someone looking to become a truck driver.

Read Harold’s full interview with here!

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Photo Gallery: Instructor Appreciation Day

 

We celebrated our instructors over Memorial Day weekend with an “Instructors Appreciation Day” where we had lunch, laughs and a good time thanking everyone that spends their days teaching each new generation of drivers. We truly do appreciate each instructor here at US Truck Driving School! Here are some fun photos from the days events- enjoy!

US Truck Driving School Instructor Appreciation Day

Rob Owens Receives CVTA Master Instructor Certification

 

Rob Owens is an instructor at our Colorado Springs campus who just received his Master Instructor certification with CVTA! We are proud to have instructors that are continually learning better ways to convey their knowledge and skills to their students. Rob, we can’t thank you enough for your commintment to the students here at US Truck! Congratulations!

Rob Owens, CVTA Master Instructor certification

USTDS employes full- and part-time instructors with various levels of CVTA certifications. CVTA Requirements for the each level of instructor certification are as follows: Level 1- 450 Hours of Teaching Experience and 3 Modules; Level 2- 900 Additional Hours and 6 Additional Modules; Level 3- 900 Additional Hours and 6 Additional Modules; Level 4- 900 Additional Hours and 6 Additional Modules; Level 5 Master Instructor- 450 Additional Hours and 3 Additional Modules

For more information on the Commercial Vehicle Training Association, please visit cvta.org

Meet the Instructor: Mike Andrus

 

The instructors at US Truck Driving School are one of our greatest assets! They are leaders in the field, and are happy to share their knowledge and expertise with students.

Meet the Instructor: Mike Andrus

US Truck instructor Mike Andrus

Mike came to us about a year ago and has been a great addition to our instruction team. Mike loves to spend quality time with his family when he is not here producing the best drivers in the business. Great Job Mike!

Meet the Staff: Rashaun Thompson, Mechanic

 

We would like to welcome Rashaun Thompson to the USTDS family as our new mechanic. Rashaun brings the enthusiastic, hardworking and dedicated work ethic to our staff that is shared by all of the USTDS team members. We are pleased to have him keeping the USTDS ship running smoothly. Welcome Rashaun!!

Meet the Staff: Rashaun Thompson, Mechanic

US Truck Mechanic, Rashaun Thompson

Meet the Instructor: Bill Moore

 

The instructors at US Truck Driving School are one of our greatest assets! They are leaders in the field, and are happy to share their knowledge and expertise with students.

Meet the Instructor: Bill Moore

US Truck instructor Bill Moore

Bill has been with USTDS for going on his 3rd year and consistently receives high praise from students on his calm ability to relay his vast knowledge to them. He is a great asset to the best instruction team in the business. Bill recently received his state certification as a 3rd party examiner. Congratulations Bill!

CTVA Instructors

 

Tanay, Mark, Carson and Gene stand with their CVTA plaques they were awarded for reaching Certified Master Instructor status. They are all instructors at at the Colorado Springs/Pueblo campus. Congratulations to each of you!

CVTA Instructors at USTDS Co. Springs

Double Take!

 

We all had a good laugh with Arlene (left), and Peggy (right) who came into our Denver office dressed alike the other day! Great minds think alike, right! And apparently they shop at the same store! Thanks for the laugh, ladies. It’s always fun with you two around!

Arlene and Peggy, USTDS staff

Meet the Instructor: Louis Lemon

 

The instructors at US Truck Driving School are one of our greatest assets! They are leaders in the field, and are happy to share their knowledge and expertise with students.

Our Meet the Instructor feature posts give current and prospective students the opportunity to learn a little more about each USTDS instructor.

Meet the Instructor, Part 7: Louis Lemon

USTDS CDL instructor Louis LemonWhat is the best part about being an instructor here at USTDS?
After 46 years of driving I very much enjoy passing on what I know. I enjoy getting to meet new students. I meet a lot of interesting people who are now at a point in the lives where they are going after a new career and I like passing on my experience to them. This is a good way for me to continue to experience the trucking industry. And it keeps me around trucks.

What advise would you give to a student?
The best advice I can give is to be neat, be courteous and respectful because you are always meeting new people. Be knowledgeable, this will keep you safe. And always be aware of your surroundings.

When not instructing, how do you like to spend your free time?
Bowling! I am in a bowling league and I very much enjoy doing that. But mostly I enjoy my family. I spend a lot of time with my son. We enjoy attending various events- like car shows, for instance. I also enjoy my granddaughter. I love babysitting her. I’ve enjoyed watching her grow!

Meet The Instructor: Michael Smith

 

The instructors at US Truck Driving School are one of our greatest assets! They are leaders in the field, and are happy to share their knowledge and expertise with students.

Our Meet the Instructor feature posts give current and prospective students the opportunity to learn a little more about each USTDS instructor.

Meet The Instructor, Part 6: Michael Smith

USTDS Instructor Michael Smith

What is the best part about being an instructor at US Truck Driving School?
I believe the best part of being an instructor is twofold. For one I get to pass on my knowledge and secondly, seeing the light going on in student’s eyes when they understand what is being taught to them.

What advice would you give current or prospective students?
The best advise I was ever given and I enjoy passing on is a quote by Napoleon Hill, “What the mind can conceive and believe it can achieve.”

When not instructing, how do you like to spend your free time?
I spend my free time volunteering for my son’s Cub Scout pack as committee chair, and I spend time volunteering for my daughter’s parent’s organization for Irish Dance. I mostly spend my time with my family.