Student Transfer

Lidia T. graduated with her commercial truck driver’s license, and proudly shared with us that she is, “excited to get to work”!

Lidia did not start her training here at CCS, but transferred here. Luckily the Agency she was funded by, allowed her to transfer to our program at no cost to her.

LidiaTLidia had a better experience here, and received the training that she needed. Lidia said that our instructors here are “nice, and patience can really help people learn better.” Coming here Lidia was able to train on full size equipment which made it easier for her to be employable. She also had better hands on training, doing her entire training on the truck and not in a classroom. Lidia worked with our Placement Department and discussed a selection of companies that would fit her needs best. Truck driving is an adventure and she is prepared now and will find her way as she goes.

Lidia shared with us a story that she used to tell her kids when they were younger, “Princess Diana had the heart to hug sick people even though she was beautiful and wealthy. We all try to run away from people that are ill or ugly, but we are all special”. Lidia knows that she is going to face difficulties in a “man’s world” but says that “we all deserve respect” and she will not allow others to walk over her.

Lidia said, “I would recommend CCS to anyone! Just the other day, I encouraged someone to come here while sitting at the agency”. Thanks Lidia and congratulations on all your hard work! We wish you all the success.

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We have had so many great success stories and we just want to keep them coming. Many people have started a new career path and gone to amazing companies and seen a lot of interesting places. Here at CCS we just want to say thank you for making our experience enjoyable. So now it is time to return thefavor. Earn extra income for helping a friend find a career.

 

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Fall down 7, get up 8

 After getting his commercial class A license last week, Steve Fisher sat down and shared with us his difficulties and how they brought him to our doorstep.

“After I lost my job I was a little bit of a wreck. I was trying to think what I should do next and for the better part of 7 years I’ve always thought about getting my Class A license. So I decided to take the first step and look online for schools. CCS was the first one on the list. So I gave them a call and I talked to a gentlemen and he was very nice and gave me a rundown (over the phone) of the school. He told me about a program that went through Coastline Community College and that also had ties to One-Stop Center of Orange County. The program was designed to help people start a new trade and also find a new job. The gentleman told me that the program would help pay for the course. After talking to the gentleman, I went and looked at some other schools, two that were close to me and they were a little cheaper. But one school I would have had to go out to Riverside to train and CCS– they trained here in Anaheim.”

The key thing, he told us was, “I just wanted to be able to start a new, fresh start. I also was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to do or even finish the course. I’m glad that I proved myself wrong.”

“It was more than one light bulb that went off. Each step from the test that I had to study, the pre-trip, 5 point brake inspection, the alley dock, the parallel parking and learning to double clutch,” Steve added. “The difficulties and obstacles I faced were that I have a really bad memory and how did I overcome it? I just wouldn’t let myself quit. I just had to do this. To prove to myself I could do it!”

We asked him what was surprising or unexpected about his experienced. He said, “There was when we went to take the test at the DMV and to see all the different schools that were there and how bad their students were at doing the skills test. I was very lucky that my instructors showed me the right away and safe way to drive and park.”

“The school wouldn’t give up on me,” Steve told us. Right now, he concluded, “I’m looking forward to getting a new job. There are many different schools out there but if you want one of the best then CCS is the best choice.”

Start a New Year in a New Career!

We at California Career School would like to wish you all a happy new year! The turn of the new year can be a time of reflection on our challenges and accomplishments in the past and it is also a time for renewed expectations and setting our goals.

 

With the beginning of this new year, we hope to set forth on a path to growth and prosperity for our students as we help change their lives and careers.

Happy New Year from California Career School!

“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.”
-Oprah Winfrey

7 Benefits of Working as a Truck Driver

If you are looking to change careers, moving into the truck driving industry might offer you a number of benefits that you never training for truck driversthought of previously. Since there is a shortage of truck drivers right now, many of the companies are paying more for those who are qualified to haul loads from one side of the country to the other. When you consider more than 70 percent of the nation’s economy is delivered by semi-trucks, the need is only going to continue to rise as the economy continues to grow. The trucking industry has a world of benefits to offer those who are interested.

Excellent Pay
Since there is a shortage of truck drivers, companies are willing to pay more for truck drivers and give bonuses to boot. Companies also pay more for those who are safe and reliable because they tend to be quite rare. Unlike other companies, truckers are often guaranteed an increase in pay as they gain more experience.

Benefits
Most of the time, you will receive benefits as an employee. Benefits often include vision, dental, medical, prescription coverage, retirement plans and life insurance. Truckers are often eligible for holidays and paid vacations. The extensive benefits often rival a number of the Fortune 500 companies.

Bonuses
Trucking companies tend to offer bonuses for traveling a certain distance of carrying a certain type of load. Bonuses are also given for longevity with the company and maintaining a solid safety record.

Flexibility
Most trucking companies are willing to provide you with a flexible schedule. You can also decide which hauls you want to drive, as well as whether you want to stay on local, cross-region or long-distance runs. Some companies allow you to take your children or pets along during what might normally be a solo ride.

Change of Scenery
While working as a truck driver, you get the opportunity to see the majority of the country. Scenery is constantly changing and often there are points of interest that you can visit along the way.

Job Security
Truck driving gives you job security for those who are constantly on the move. Companies are always in need of drivers, especially if you have a few years of good driving behind them. Your career as a truck driver is as secure as what you make of it.

Teams
By working as a team with a colleague or your spouse, you can earn a higher income on the longer runs. As a team, you can earn bonuses for making the delivery quicker. Many teams have earned more than $100,000 annually.

With all of the benefits above, a career as a truck driver might be just what you desire. If you are interested in working in the field, start training today to secure your future.

Girly Truck Drivers Welcome

“I am very girly,” explained Natalie Jasso-Padilla,  graduate from the CCS commercial truck and bus training program. We asked her, why get into trucking? Her biggest motivation, she told us, was to beat the stereotype of female truckers and that even a ‘girly girl’ like herself would be able to succeed in the profession. When Natalie is not in her truck, she rides a Suzuki GSXR600, already a step beyond what most women are comfortable with. “I was hit on the way to an interview,” she referred to one of her first applications after earning her CCS certificate. An accident occurred with vehicles in front of her that did not see her bike. She picked up road rash despite wearing appropriate gear. “When I got there, I was so embarrassed!” But she got the job– its local and she is able to come home every night.

Natalie trained with her truck driver stepdad for a little bit before coming to California Career School. MyCAA funding and the ability to receive a lot of drive time is what helped her choose CCS. MyCAA is the Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts method of funding for student tuition available to military spouses. Natalie’s husband Oscar was deployed during her attendance at our school and his being in the military opened up this avenue of funding for Natalie. We just helped her get the paperwork arranged.

One of the hardest parts of training was pre-trip and 5 point. She laughed as she explained why she made this hard for herself. “Parts of the truck– I didn’t care to learn it. I hated it! I had a little bit of stubbornness. What Donnavin [CCS instructor] did is take the time to make sure I knew it.”

“Start from the beginning!” Donnavin repeated to her over and over to make sure that everything was reviewed as many times as possible. After regular training hours were done, he showed her additional material like power points and books– whatever was available to help her understand this key section of the course. “I just wanted to drive!” Natalie said, “But I knew I had to learn it.” With the right attitude and the extra push from her instructor, she made it through.

We talked for quite some time. Natalie had tons of stories of what she’d seen on the road from her towering cab, some much better shared after hours! There would be strange people hovering by her truck for miles and police activity of Hollywood proportions, “I’ve seen the SWAT team, like 10 cop cars– it was just like loaded!” She put it this way, “You’re gonna see things that you don’t want to see because you’re constantly on the road.”

“I’ve always wanted to drive a truck… I knew it was going to be hard but you don’t really know until you’re out there.” Numerous times, especially in the realm of parking her trailer, Natalie described the unusual set-ups that drivers have to maneuver through and the inconveniences posed by the circumstances. It is absolutely regular for her to park her truck and be told afterwards that male counterparts could have done it better. “You have to be strong,” she went on, “especially when you’re a girl ’cause the guys are mean.”

Since the beginning, Natalie wanted to break the expectations of what women can do and of what others think of female truckers. “It’s not easy, but what helps me is I get to be a role model. [On the road] I like being next to school buses because the little girls see me– they’re smiling and waving. Kids in cars say, ‘Mom, look!’”

G.I. Jobs Top Veteran Friendly Colleges for 2014

CCS does it again! A new year is just around the corner and California Career School has once again solidified its spot on the G.I. Jobs top veteran friendly colleges, making this our 5th year in a row!

With our convenient locations and a knowledgeable VA staff it’s easy to see why CCS was placed on this elite list with other top tier schools from around the nation.

The job placement program we provide is proactive, putting you back in the work force upon completion of school. Our admissions staff aids veterans by helping them with a smooth transition from a military to civilian lifestyle and are more than helpful in explaining the variety of career choices offered by our establishment.

CCS also works hand in hand with tuition assistance and the G.I. Bill. We understand that you worked hard for your benefits and we ensure that you get the most out of your education. Take a step in the right direction and gain real world skills at California Career School. For a full comprehensive list of military friendly schools, please visit militaryfriendlyschools.com

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10 Years with CCS!

Wow! Tony Passalacqua is celebrating his 10 year anniversary with California Career School. How time flies!

Congratulations for completing 10 years successfully. It has been wonderful working with you, and your contribution and dedication to CCS is admirable. In the past 10 years you have impacted so many students and fellow coworkers. Any person that knows Tony would say that he is very helpful and knowledgeable about trucks and what needs to be worked on. He is always willing to help on off hours with his fellow employees. Tony is an outstanding driver, and always prompt. He is willing to travel with the school to all of our locations. Tony also has a good teacher-student relationship and any student would tell you how great of an instructor he is.

The company is thankful for having you. It’s because of your hard work and loyalty CCS has been able to grow tremendously. Our students love you and everyone on the team does too!

You have been an inspiration to all the team members, and we appreciate your service for so many years. It is your hard work which has given you and the company success on many projects.

Keep up the good work and we wish you success in the years to come.

 

Zach, Mario & Jaaron Receive their CDL at our Twentynine Palms Location

These three students received their commercial truck driver’s license all from our Twentynine Palms training site, and we wanted to congratulate them on their success in the course!

Congratulations Zach Graff for receiving your CDL with a passenger endorsement!

Zack stated that he was having difficulties with “double clutching but the instructors explained that many new companies expect new drivers to double clutch”. Bailey, one of our instructors, then “explained how and why he needed to learn double clutch”. Despite the difficulties that Zach faced while training, he was able to overcome them and obtain his license.

Zach stated that the instructors were “hands on” and “aware”, “any time you needed help a teacher would be there”. One thing that Zach wanted potential students to know about CCS is that “the instructors will not give up; they will help every student understand each obstacle so that you can safely drive the truck”.

Congratulations Mario Ramos for receiving your CDL!

Mario chose to attend CCS because of our “flexibility, being able to attend school after work was a huge help to accomplish [his] goals”. Mario also stated that the “difference between other schools and CCS, CCS focuses on its students not like other schools. Other schools seem to care about money or the schools own interest, not its students”.

Congrats to Jaaron Hudson for receiving his CDL with a passenger endorsement!

Jaaron’s goal is “to become an Automotive/Diesel Technician. A CDL will soon be required for all Diesel Techs”. Jaaron is planning “to attain [his] certification as a Diesel Technician” now that he has completed his training.

One moment that stood out about Jaaron’s training was when he realized “how much my instructors; Ward, Bailey, and later Zach, cared when they would stop all driving, bring all the students into the classroom and fully explain from step 1 till the end of how all obstacles and events are to be done in the correct manner. Following instruction, they would answer all questions thoroughly. This is a great way to clear the air when students are confused”. Jaaron also stated that “the instructors really over prepare the students for DMV testing”.

“CCS is number 1. CCS will not quit on you and when it’s all said and done a student can look back on a great choice”.

 

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Student Receives Placement Assistance

An alumnus of our Truck program, Nick Delgado, stopped by our Anaheim campus to share details of his new job with us. After spending almost a year as an over the road driver with Schneider, Nick was ready for a change. He contacted our Placement Coordinator, Marcelle, for assistance in finding different opportunities that may be available with his new experience. After hearing from Nick, and with great timing, a representative from Second Harvest contacted Marcelle looking for a qualified CDL Driver. After Marcelle recommended Nick for the position and helped to facilitate the application process, Nick was given an interview and was hired for the job! The experience that Nick gained over the road made a difference in the opportunities that the Placement Department could expose him to. He now drives local routes picking up donations from various grocery chains as well as delivering food to the community. He is enjoying his new schedule and the ability to spend more time at home, all while working for a great organizational cause.

All graduates of California Career School are provided lifetime placement services and are always encouraged to keep in communication with our Placement Department. Many employers contact us with employment opportunities for qualified drivers and our Placement Department is happy to facilitate in the process; this serves as a win-win for employers who receive referrals at no cost and students who deserve great employment opportunities to serve their future.
California Career School’s Placement Department was happy to participate in Nick’s career change.

Congratulations on the new job and for your continuous success Nick!