David Breese graduated from USTDS in December 2012 and came by to visit us at the end of October. David is now driving for M Bruenger Trucking company out of Wichita KS. He started driving there in January, after his graduation, and drives 6-8 days at a time and has all the time off he needs with his family. He tells us that he loves his job and the company he is working for. Daves father drove 20+ years for this company and retired shortly after training David…now Dave is picking up where his dad left off!
Congratulations to all of the students in our two most recent graduating classes! We wish you all the best in your new careers and future endeavors!
Top photograph, from left to right: Able Martinez, Richard Trujillo, Josh Schofield, Aaron McClellan & Josh Carpenter
Bottom photograph, from left to right: Mitchell Chandler, Douglas Minor, Alex Guedea & Steven Willey
Congratulations to each of the students that completed their CDL training and graduated on August 16. We are so proud of each of you!
Why did you get into the transportation industry?
I worked in maintenance for Sygma and for 2 years I kept hearing that if I had a CDL I could make very good money. I was approved by Sygma to go to United States Truck Driving School for my CDL so that is the company I will be working for…also because they paid for my training.
What did you think of the training you received? Did we do a good job in training you?
This school has very good teachers. Every instructor has years of experience and they are always willing to share there experiences with everyone. They are friendly and easy going. I enjoyed my experience here and because of it I know I will be a good driver. I will recommend others here.
I am originally from Columbia but I have been in the US for 40 years. I am very grateful for everything this school did for me. I know I will be ready when I am hired by a trucking company.
How long have you been interested in truck driving?
I have been interested in being a truck driver since I was a boy. My father was in the airline industry so I followed everything he did but fly. I preferred to be a driver.
Who will you be working for?
I got a pre-hire from May. I did some checking around and I believe they are a very good company to work for. I got a grant from WIA and they had me apply with a couple of companies.
Do you think we were able to give you the skills necessary to be successful with May?
You guys did an excellent Job. Everyone was very professional from the front office to the instructors. Kirk in the admissions office is a gentleman.
Wayne Williams was in the graduating class of July 19, 2013. We got to talk with him about his CDL trainig with us, and to see how we did, and what he’ll be up to after graduation. Check out his full interview!
Why did you choose USTDS for you CDL training?
When I called I was greeted by someone who was willing to talk to me and answer my questions. When I visited the school I was greeted by a friendly staff. I felt more comfortable at this school than the other school I visited. The facility is clean and very roomy.
How did we do? Do you feel we prepared you for your new endeavor?
The training was great and I feel like I know how to drive a truck and feel I can pass any trucking companies road test. Every instructor did a really good job. They have patients and will work with mistakes students make. Especially Bill; he is so calm.
Why get into driving?
I need a career and I felt this industry can offer me choices. There are so many companies I can go to work for.
Have you decided who you will work for?
Werner or Swift! I have been hired by both but I haven’t decided yet.
Bobby Russell graduated from our night class in December 2012. We recently got a chance to talk with him about his new driving career! Read below to see what he had to say:
Bobby, why did you get into this business?
Simple, I enjoy driving trucks.
Who did you go to work for after getting your CDL from here?
I was able to get on with Coors Distribution Company
How did you get on with Coors?
I got lucky, I applied online and got an interview less then 2 weeks after applying.
I evidently made a good impression during the interview so was taken for a road test the same day. I was told it was very unusual for them to do this. I was on this road test for 2 1/2 hours and was hired the same day, pending a drug test of course. I drive a 42ft trailer and a 48ft trailer doing local deliver down town Denver and into Grand Junction. I pretty much deliver all over Colorado, although most of my driving and deliveries are down town Denver.
I found out that of the 53 road test done by the Coors instructor I was one of 3 who were hired. So I guess I did make a good impression!
I did some driving in the military with straight trucks but I also attribute my driving ability to the job 2 instructors at USTDS did…Norm Wigham and Kenny DeCora. Most of my time was spent with Ken and I learned a lot from him.