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Progressive Truck Driving School Student Reviews (April 2018)

Progressive Truck Driving School is Chicagoland’s premier truck driving school. We have three locations to choose from. Interested in becoming a student? Apply here.

Hear what our graduates have to say about Progressive Truck Driving School:

Congratulations Nicholas on your graduation and CDL. Even with no previous experience, we will teach you how to become a professional truck driver. Call us today! https://cdltruck.com/apply-3/#cdltruck #progressivetruckdrivingschoool #truckdriver

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Monday, April 16, 2018

Congratulations Gaytan on your CDL, we are very proud of your accomplishments. We can help you get your driving skills and become a CDL driver. Sign up today! https://cdltruck.com/apply-3/#cdltruck #progressivetruckdrivingschoool #truckdriver

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Congratulations Raul on your CDL. We help you become a successful member of the trucking industry. Sign up today! https://cdltruck.com/apply-3/#cdltruck #progressivetruckdrivingschoool #truckdriver

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Congratulations Josue on your graduation and CDL. Get a lifetime job placement, call us today! https://cdltruck.com/apply-3/#cdltruck #progressivetruckdrivingschoool #truckdriver

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Tuesday, April 17, 2018

We have top notch instructors and staff always there to help you. Congratulations Amer on your CDL. Get your CDL with us and start driving. https://cdltruck.com/apply-3/#cdltruck #progressivetruckdrivingschoool #truckdriver

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Sunday, April 15, 2018

Congratulations Juan & Jesus on your CDL. Get started in trucking driving industry by getting your CDL with us. https://cdltruck.com/apply-3/#cdltruck #progressivetruckdrivingschoool #truckdriver

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Saturday, April 14, 2018

Congratulations Ashour on your graduation and CDL. Make tomorrow better. Sign up for our CDL program. https://cdltruck.com/apply-3/#cdltruck #progressivetruckdrivingschoool #truckdriver

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Friday, April 13, 2018

Congratulations Augustin on your CDL. We help you become a successful member of the trucking industry. Sign up today! https://cdltruck.com/apply-3/#cdltruck #progressivetruckdrivingschoool #truckdriver

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Our instructors always believe in our students! Congratulations Edgar on your new career. Progressive Truck Driving School will help you start a new career. https://cdltruck.com/apply-3/#cdltruck #progressivetruckdrivingschoool #truckdriver

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Monday, April 9, 2018

Congratulations Mario on your CDL, we are very proud of your accomplishments. We can help you get your driving skills and become a CDL driver. Sign up today! https://cdltruck.com/apply-3/#cdltruck #progressivetruckdrivingschoool #truckdriver

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Saturday, April 7, 2018

Congratulations Kevian on your graduation and CDL. Our instructors are experienced commercial truck drivers that will teach you all you need to get your CDL. Call us today! https://cdltruck.com/apply-3/#cdltruck #progressivetruckdrivingschoool #truckdriver

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Friday, April 6, 2018

Thank you for your feedback and congratulations Fernando on receiving your CDL. Sign up today and get your CDL as quickly as possible. https://cdltruck.com/apply-3/#cdltruck #progressivetruckdrivingschoool #truckdriver

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Thursday, April 5, 2018

 

Progressive Truck Driving School Student Reviews (March 2018)

Progressive Truck Driving School is Chicagoland’s premier truck driving school. We have three locations to choose from. Interested in becoming a student? Apply here.

Hear what our graduates have to say about Progressive Truck Driving School:

Congratulations Cedric on your graduation and CDL. We will help you achieve your goals of becoming a professional truck driver. Call us to get your CDL. https://cdltruck.com/apply-3/#cdltruck #progressivetruckdrivingschoool #truckdriver

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Sunday, March 25, 2018

Congratulations Jose on your CDL. Start a new career and start earning today. Sign up for our CDL training. https://cdltruck.com/apply-3/#cdltruck #progressivetruckdrivingschoool #truckdriver

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Friday, March 23, 2018

We love hearing how our instructors help our students achieve their goals. Congratulations Erdeneoyun on CDL and feedback. Start a new career in the transportation industry. Sign up today for our CDL program. https://cdltruck.com/apply-3/#cdltruck #progressivetruckdrivingschoool #truckdriver

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Friday, March 23, 2018

We give you knowledge and support to make you successful. Congratulations to our proud graduate Jasmin on your CDL. Start driving trucks soon. Get your CDL with us. https://cdltruck.com/apply-3/#cdltruck #progressivetruckdrivingschoool #truckdriver

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Thursday, March 22, 2018

Thank you for your feedback and congratulations on your CDL. New career in trucking can be yours. Find out how. https://cdltruck.com/apply-3/#cdltruck #progressivetruckdrivingschoool #truckdriver

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Congratulations Ashley on graduation and your CDL. Make tomorrow better. Get your CDL with us and start driving. https://cdltruck.com/apply-3/#cdltruck #progressivetruckdrivingschoool #truckdriver

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Monday, March 19, 2018

Congratulations Douglas on graduation and CDL. It's your time to start a new career in trucking industry. Call us to get your CDL. https://cdltruck.com/apply-3/#cdltruck #progressivetruckdrivingschoool #truckdriver

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Sunday, March 18, 2018

We love hearing how our instructors help our students achieve their goals. Congratulations Frankie on CDL and feedback. Start a new career in the transportation industry. Sign up today for our CDL program. https://cdltruck.com/apply-3/#cdltruck #progressivetruckdrivingschoool #truckdriver

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Sunday, March 18, 2018

We give you knowledge and support to make you successful. Congratulations to our proud graduate Ricardo on your CDL. Start driving trucks soon. Get your CDL with us. https://cdltruck.com/apply-3/#cdltruck #progressivetruckdrivingschoool #truckdriver

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Saturday, March 17, 2018

Congratulations Sherry on your CDL. Get your CDL with us and start making money. https://cdltruck.com/apply-3/#cdltruck #progressivetruckdrivingschoool #truckdriver

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Saturday, March 17, 2018

Congratulations Brett on passing the exam and graduating. We are always proud of our students! Get your CDL with us. Sign up today! https://cdltruck.com/apply-3/#cdltruck #progressivetruckdrivingschoool #truckdriver

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Friday, March 16, 2018

Congratulations Curtis on your CDL, we are very proud of your accomplishments. We can help you get your driving skills and become a CDL driver. Sign up today! https://cdltruck.com/apply-3/#cdltruck #progressivetruckdrivingschoool #truckdriver

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Thursday, March 15, 2018

Testimonial from graduate Armel! Get your license in weeks instead of months! Get your Commercial Driver's License Today at Progressive Truck Driving School. https://cdltruck.com/apply-3/#cdltruck #progressivetruckdrivingschoool #truckdriver

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Congratulations Carlos on your CDL and a new career at Werner Enterprises. Get your CDL, don't delay. This is your opportunity for a better future. https://cdltruck.com/apply-3/#cdltruck #progressivetruckdrivingschoool #truckdriver

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Congratulations Brian on graduation and CDL. It's your time to start a new career in trucking industry. Call us to get your CDL. https://cdltruck.com/apply-3/#cdltruck #progressivetruckdrivingschoool #truckdriver

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Congratulations Michelline on graduation and your CDL. Make tomorrow better. Get your CDL with us and start driving. https://cdltruck.com/apply-3/#cdltruck #progressivetruckdrivingschoool #truckdriver

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Friday, March 9, 2018

Congratulations Devin on your graduation and CDL. Professionally trained truck drivers are in high demand. Get your CDL training with us and start driving. https://cdltruck.com/apply-3/#cdltruck #progressivetruckdrivingschoool #truckdriver

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Thursday, March 8, 2018

Congratulations Juan on your CDL. Start a new career and start earning today. Sign up for our CDL training. https://cdltruck.com/apply-3/#cdltruck #progressivetruckdrivingschoool #truckdriver

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Monday, March 5, 2018

Congratulations Jeffery on your CDL. You are on our way to a career that will change your life. Take the first step toward getting your CDL. Call us today! https://cdltruck.com/apply-3/#cdltruck #progressivetruckdrivingschoool #truckdriver

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Monday, March 5, 2018

Congratulations Juan on your graduation and CDL. If you are looking for a way to have a better life, join our CDL program. We will help you succeed. https://cdltruck.com/apply-3/#cdltruck #progressivetruckdrivingschoool #truckdriver

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Saturday, March 3, 2018

Our staff is always there to make sure you have everything you need to get your CDL. Congratulations Marcus on your CDL. Get your CDL and start your new career in truck driving! https://cdltruck.com/apply-3/#cdltruck #progressivetruckdrivingschoool #truckdriver

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Thursday, March 1, 2018

Congratulations Vincent on your CDL and thank you for your feedback. Your CDL is within reach. Sign up today. https://cdltruck.com/apply-3/#cdltruck #progressivetruckdrivingschoool #truckdriver

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Thursday, March 1, 2018

Justin just recently graduated from our trucking school in Cicero, IL. Fast CDL training with great results! https://cdltruck.com/apply-3/#cdltruck #progressivetruckdrivingschoool #truckdriver

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Thursday, March 1, 2018

 

 

Progressive Truck Driving School Student Reviews (February 2018)

Progressive Truck Driving School is Chicagoland’s premier truck driving school. We have three locations to choose from. Interested in becoming a student? Apply here.

Hear what our graduates have to say about Progressive Truck Driving School:

We give you knowledge and support to make you successful. Congratulations to our proud graduate Quanisha on your CDL. Start driving trucks soon. Get your CDL with us. https://cdltruck.com/apply-3/#cdltruck #progressivetruckdrivingschoool #truckdriver

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Congratulations Shane! We are as excited as you and can’t wait to see you succeeding in your new career! Fantastic School With Great Instructors! https://cdltruck.com/apply-3/#cdltruck #progressivetruckdrivingschoool #truckdriver

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Friday, February 2, 2018

Congratulations Jordan on your CDL that graduated from our Cicero location. We have helpful instructions on the road and in the classroom as well. https://cdltruck.com/apply-3/#cdltruck #progressivetruckdrivingschoool #truckdriver

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Saturday, February 3, 2018

Newly CDL graduate Ralpha is another happy student of Progressive Truck Driving School. A CDL can be the key to a better future. Call us today! https://cdltruck.com/apply-3/#cdltruck #progressivetruckdrivingschoool #truckdriver

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Sunday, February 4, 2018

With us you will always get plenty of drive time and skills to help you get your CDL. Congratulations Miguel on your CDL. Get your CDL and start your new career! https://cdltruck.com/apply-3/#cdltruck #progressivetruckdrivingschoool #truckdriver

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Sunday, February 4, 2018

Thank you Bilal for your feedback and congratulations on your CDL. New career in trucking can be yours. Find out how. https://cdltruck.com/apply-3/#cdltruck #progressivetruckdrivingschoool #truckdriver

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Monday, February 5, 2018

Congratulations Miguel on graduation and CDL. It’s your time to start a new career in trucking industry. Call us to get your CDL. https://cdltruck.com/apply-3/#cdltruck #progressivetruckdrivingschoool #truckdriver

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Monday, February 5, 2018

Chris graduated from out Lansing location. Congratulations on your CDL. Our hands-on and skill-based experience will prepare you to be a better truck driver. Sign up for our CDL training today! https://cdltruck.com/apply-3/#cdltruck #progressivetruckdrivingschoool #truckdriver

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Tuesday, February 6, 2018

We give you proper tools and knowledge to become a commercial truck driver. Congratulations Ryan, we could not be more excited for you. Your dream of becoming a commercial truck driver is within your reach. Call us today. https://cdltruck.com/apply-3/#cdltruck #progressivetruckdrivingschoool #truckdriver

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Our helpful and knowledgeable staff help you get your CDL and hit the road. Congratulations Donald on graduation. Sign up for our CDL training and start driving. https://cdltruck.com/apply-3/#cdltruck #progressivetruckdrivingschoool #truckdriver

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Wednesday, February 7, 2018

We have top notch instructors and staff always there to help you. Congratulations Paul on our CDL. Get your CDL with us and start driving. https://cdltruck.com/apply-3/#cdltruck #progressivetruckdrivingschoool #truckdriver

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Friday, February 9, 2018

Congratulations Misael on your graduation and CDL. Get a lifetime job placement, call us today! https://cdltruck.com/apply-3/#cdltruck #progressivetruckdrivingschoool #truckdriver

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Saturday, February 10, 2018

Congratulations Antoinette on passing the exam. You are on your way to a great future! A career as a commercial truck driver awaits! We can help to get your CDL. https://cdltruck.com/apply-3/#cdltruck #progressivetruckdrivingschoool #truckdriver

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Saturday, February 10, 2018

Congratulations Jessie on passing the exam and graduating. We are always proud of our students! Get your CDL with us. Sign up today! https://cdltruck.com/apply-3/#cdltruck #progressivetruckdrivingschoool #truckdriver

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Sunday, February 11, 2018

Congratulations Curtis on your CDL and great feedback. We will teach you how to operate a truck safely and fast! https://cdltruck.com/apply-3/#cdltruck #progressivetruckdrivingschoool #truckdriver

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Monday, February 12, 2018

Thank you for your feedback and congratulations Marque on your CDL. If you are looking for a career change, we can help! Find out how! https://cdltruck.com/apply-3/#cdltruck #progressivetruckdrivingschoool #truckdriver

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Monday, February 12, 2018

Just like Robert you can be in charge of your future. Congratulations Robert on your CDL. Earn a great living and become a truck driver. We can help! https://cdltruck.com/apply-3/#cdltruck #progressivetruckdrivingschoool #truckdriver

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Congratulations Manny on your CDL and a new career at Werner Enterprises. Get your CDL, don't delay. This is your opportunity for a better future. https://cdltruck.com/apply-3/#cdltruck #progressivetruckdrivingschoool #truckdriver

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Congratulations Jaimie on your new career path. Change your life for the better and get your CDL with Progressive Truck Driving School. https://cdltruck.com/apply-3/#cdltruck #progressivetruckdrivingschoool #truckdriver

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Congratulations Alonzo on passing the skills and road test, your new career is within your reach. Start driving trucks soon. Call us to get your CDL. https://cdltruck.com/apply-3/#cdltruck #progressivetruckdrivingschoool #truckdriver

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Thursday, February 15, 2018

Congratulations Ernesto on your CDL and thank you for your feedback. The best time to get your CDL is now. Sign up today. https://cdltruck.com/apply-3/#cdltruck #progressivetruckdrivingschoool #truckdriver

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Thursday, February 15, 2018

Congratulations Osama on your CDL. We are always happy to hear students had a great time in our school. Earn your CDL quickly and in relaxed atmosphere! https://cdltruck.com/apply-3/#cdltruck #progressivetruckdrivingschoool #truckdriver

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Thursday, February 15, 2018

At Progressive Truck Driving School, we have helpful staff and experienced instructors to help you get your CDL fast. Make tomorrow better. Get your CDL with us and start driving. https://cdltruck.com/apply-3/#cdltruck #progressivetruckdrivingschoool #truckdriver

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Friday, February 16, 2018

Testimonial from graduate Chaquita! Get your license in weeks instead of months! Get your Commercial Driver's License Today at Progressive Truck Driving School. https://cdltruck.com/apply-3/#cdltruck #progressivetruckdrivingschoool #truckdriver

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Friday, February 16, 2018

 

Progressive Truck Driving School Student Reviews (January 2018)

Progressive Truck Driving School is Chicagoland’s premier truck driving school. We have three locations to choose from. Interested in becoming a student? Apply here.

Hear what our graduates have to say about Progressive Truck Driving School:

Get your CDL quickly!

Nick got his degree in just one month. Congratulations to our newest truck driver!#cdltruck #progressivetruckdrivingschoool We can help you start the new year with a job, contact us today! http://ow.ly/Vrz630i7mod

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Congratulations Alasoully Nashat!

Kick-start Your Career For The New Year! Congratulations to Alasoully for obtaining his CDL today! Listen to another great testimonial of our graduate!We can help you start the new year with a job – http://ow.ly/Olku30i7rcD#cdltruck #progressivetruckdrivingschoool #truckdriver

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Your new career is waiting, call us today! Congratulations Oliver on obtaining your CDL and starting your new career. We can help you start the new year with a job – http://ow.ly/Olku30i7rcD#cdltruck #progressivetruckdrivingschoool #truckdriver

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Progressive Truck Driving School Student Reviews (2017)

Watch recent video reviews from Progressive Truck Driving School graduates.

Progressive Truck Driving School is Chicagoland’s premier truck driving school w/ 49,000 graduated students and growing. We have three locations to choose from. Interested in becoming a student? Apply here.

Hear what our graduates have to say about Progressive Truck Driving School:

Mr. Artis from Chicago Graduate 2017, this is what he said:

Mr. Artis from Chicago Graduate 2017, this is what he said:

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Sunday, July 9, 2017

Mr. Hugo from Chicago, Graduate 2017, this is what he said:

Mr. Hugo from Chicago, Graduate 2017, this is what he said:

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Thursday, July 6, 2017

Ms. Brown from Chicago IL, Graduate 2016, this is what she said:

Ms. Brown from Chicago IL, Graduate 2016, this is what she said:

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Friday, December 30, 2016

Mr. Lemons from Rockford, just Graduated in 2017 and this is what he said:

Mr. Lemons from Rockford, just Graduated in 2017 and this is what he said;

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Friday, June 16, 2017

Mr. McCregg from Chicago, Graduate 2016, this is what he said:

Mr. McCregg from Chicago, Graduate 2016, this is what he said:

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Mr. Alzein from Burbank, Graduate 2017, this is what he said:

Mr. Alzein from Burbank Graduate 2017, this is what he said:

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Saturday, July 8, 2017

Mr. Dorsey from Chicago, IL has graduated from Progressive. This is what he said:

Mr. Dorsey from Chicago, IL has graduated from our school in 2016 and this is what he said:

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Thursday, August 4, 2016

Mr. Reaves from Chicago, IL has graduated from Progressive. This is what he said:

Mr. Reaves from Chicago, IL has graduated from our school in 2016 and this is what he said:

Posted by Progressive Truck Driving School on Friday, August 5, 2016

Are you interested in getting your CDL? Take the first step and apply to Progressive Truck Driving School!

Progressive Truck Driving School at the 25th Anniversary International Festival of Life 2017

This 4th of July holiday, Progressive Truck Driving School participated in the 25th Anniversary of the African/Caribbean International Festival of Life (IFOL). The International Festival of Life took place on Saturday – Tuesday, July 1st-4th, 2017 in Union Park, 1501 West Randolph Street, Chicago, Illinois.

Progressive Truck Driving School representatives were on hand at the event to discuss CDL training with prospective students.

 

We even brought one of our first-rate training trucks to the event!

We met very nice people at the event and we’re looking forward to helping them discover a new high-growth career in the world of trucking!

If you’re interested in applying for CDL training, please apply online.

A Letter From a Progressive Graduate to His Instructor

Alberto Ledesma CDL Student

4 Tips for Choosing a Chicago CDL School

There are multiple CDL schools in Chicago, so how do you find the right one for you? When choosing a CDL school in Chicago, there are a few key factors that you should take into account:

1. Look at their track record.

First and foremost, look at the track record of the school. How many commercial driver’s licenses have they issued? A school that advertises that they’re the “best driving school in Chicago”, but doesn’t have an establish track record of helping students to graduate and find jobs is a school to avoid. At Progressive Truck School, we’ve graduated over 50,000 students since 1974 – those are the types of numbers you should be looking for when selecting a school.

Also, look at the testimonials on the school’s website and social media. Look carefully at what students say about the training and professionalism of the staff. Avoid schools where you aren’t able to find feedback from former students.

2. Check out the equipment they offer to students.

Does the school offer late-model conventional and cab-over tractors, day cabs and sleepers, with single and double axles and various transmissions, as well as different brands of vehicle, so you get an all-around training experience?

Also, what does their training terminal/lot look like? A school without a dedicated, large training terminal and parking lot is typically a CDL school to avoid. Also, look for a school that offers on-the-road training, so that you can get real-life experience.

3. Find out if they offer job placement assistance.

Does the school you’re considering offer Job Placement assistance? The last thing you want to be is a CDL graduate without a great job to jump-start your career.

Look for schools that have experience placing students with top companies. At Progressive Truck School, we assist students to get jobs at companies like Schneider National, Werner Enterprises, FedEx, Roehl, and Con-Way.  Also, look for CDL schools that offer job placement assistance free of charge!

4. Find out if they offer PTDI-accredited courses.

PTDI is the first nonprofit organization to develop uniform skill performance, curriculum, and certification standards for the trucking industry and to award course certification to entry-level truck driver training courses and motor carrier driver-finishing programs.

Look for a school that offers classes that are certified by PTDI. PTDI is a great indication that the trucking school is recognized on the national level for meeting the PTDI’s high performance standards.

By taking these four factors into consideration, you are well on your way to finding a great truck school for your CDL certification! To apply to Progressive Truck Diving School, complete this form.

Schools Receiving PTDI Course Recertification Address Need to Fund Driver Training

Read the a release below from the Professional Truck Driver’s Institute, issued on September 22, 2014. Gina Buda, President of Progressive Truck Driving School, is one of the featured contributors for this release from PTDI. Progressive Truck School is being re-certified for it’s PTDI-certified program.

Alexandria, Virginia — With the recent passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), PTDI checked in with programs across the U.S. and Canada that received PTDI course recertification in August about how funding initiatives might help address the increasing driver shortage.

“Any kind of funding to help more potential drivers attend school is critical for the industry,” said Paul Bulick, executive director of All-State Career School. “The driver shortage is huge and going to get bigger, to the point where I don’t know how they’re going to fill the need.”

Although WIOA, which provides new funding to train workers for jobs in transportation and other industries, will not affect Bulick’s program since it’s already eligible for federal funding, he noted, “without a doubt, it will help the industry and non-accredited schools.”

Industry leaders expect WIOA will offer increased funding for entry-level driver training—a definite need in the industry, as many students in truck driver-training programs rely on loans and grants for their education.

“Even though they are guaranteed to have employment right after graduation, young people in general don’t have the money to get through the program, so obviously this is a tremendous benefit for them,” said Gina Buda, president of Progressive Truck Driving School, whose schools at three locations in Illinois received PTDI course recertification. “Available funding is always crucial because our students are either in transition or unemployed, and there’s such a great opportunity for employment now. I’ve never seen such a shortage of drivers, and I’ve been in the industry 40 years,” Buda said. Even with the federal funding available, “we still don’t see as many young people as we would like to,” she added. “The public needs to be more aware of the funding available and that there are jobs actually waiting for these young new drivers. Every student who comes through our school gets prehired and will have a job waiting.”

Roxanne Wilkieson, manager, Kim Richardson Transportation Specialist Inc. in Ontario, Canada expressed similar concerns about funding for younger drivers. “We have funding options available for our older clients through TIOW – Targeted Initiative for Older Workers and Second Career, which is an Ontario government program that will pay your tuition. The Ontario government is helping laid-off workers get back to work. We also have funding for programs, services, and initiatives for our First Nations clients. Where we lack funding is for our younger clients 18–30. There really is nothing in place for them other than borrowing money from family members or having to take out loans.”

Despite the funding available, Bulick said, “road transportation is still a secret as to the opportunities, the money you can make. The industry’s reputation has been tarnished, and to attract more drivers, we need to work on our image. This is where adopting PTDI standards at the federal level can make a difference.”

The programs that recently received PTDI course recertification are A. Duie Pyle Truck Driving Academy, West Chester, Penn.; All-State Career School, West Mifflin, Penn.; Kim Richardson Transportation Specialists Inc., Caledonia, Ontario; Ontario Truck Training Academy, at two locations in Oshawa and Peterborough, Ontario; and Progressive Truck Driving School, Inc., at three locations in Chicago, Cicero, and Lansing, Ill.

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PTDI is a national, nonprofit organization established for the twofold purpose of developing uniform industry skill, curriculum, and certification standards for entry-level truck driver training and motor carrier driver finishing programs, and certifying entry-level truck driver training courses at public and private schools and driver finishing programs at carriers for compliance with PTDI standards. PTDI is based in Alexandria, Virginia.

Contact Progressive Truck Driving School at 773.736.5522 to discuss our PTDI-certified training program.