"This place turned me from a timid boy into a bona fide trucker, I will never forget it."
October 2015 Graduate
The next open class is January 11, 2016 - (Waiting list only for November 30th, 2015). We run small classes and they fill quickly so please don't hesitate if your wanting in on a particular class. Our Standard 200-Hour Course cost $3,900 and includes the permit, DOT physical, drug screen, training and testing. A Deposit of $500 holds your seat in any of the upcoming open classes. Please call 815-332-7000 today.
We thought we would answer some questions on contract training and explain our stance since there has been a lot of truck driving schools popping up with contracts to sign.
DOES SPIRIT CDL OFFER FREE TRAINING?
Yes, Spirit CDL offers free training via the WIOA grant. Students are eligible based on household income and/or employment situation. The grants are available through local unemployment offices in Illinois and local job centers in Wisconsin.
DOES SPIRIT CDL OFFER CONTRACT TRAINING THROUGH AN AFFILIATED TRUCKING COMPANY?
No, no, and no. If you're signing a contract to "stay" with a company it's pretty obvious that the pay, the dispatch, the benefits and/or the treatment at the company is not sufficient. If a company has to create legal documents to make you STAY it's a sign that what you're getting into is pretty much, um, well, it's not a company where people enjoy working.
DO YOU TELL YOUR STUDENTS TO STAY AT THE SAME COMPANY FOR A YEAR?
Yes, we do indeed encourage students to stay with the same company for at least a year but it's an easy sell since some of our students have been working at their initial choice for several years now. We take a lot of pride in knowing our students not only stay with the company of their choosing longer than other graduates but that MOST of our students are still in the trucking industry two, three, even four years later. Maybe our students have a little more endurance than others or maybe it's the fact that the companies we offer are better, we're not sure.
DO YOU OFFER THE SAME COMPANIES AS OTHER SCHOOLS?
Yes and no. We do offer some of the same companies as other schools but we have also banned some of their affiliated trucking companies from our school. We also offer trucking companies that will not hire from other schools only Spirit CDL Students for them; no we don't have a contract with them, they just know what we put out.
Well, hope that answers your questions of why Spirit CDL doesn't work with an affiliated trucking company. Basically, we offer our students companies that they enjoy working for; it's just that simple.
Trucks are for Girls
At one time women were scarce in the trucking world but times are changing; more women are realizing this is a good job where they can make as much money as their male counterparts. Women no longer stay at home and wait for their trucking husbands to stop in, now they hit the road sharing the responsibility and wages.
Yes, Spirit CDL believes all well trained, safe and reliable truck drivers should be treated alike. Cheyenne Bons talks about her experiences as an "Under 21" truck driving student enrolled in Spirit CDL's truck driving school. Watch VIDEO
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