After Driving Over the Road

“Hello, my name is Joe Droegemeier. I am retired from the US Army with 20 years of service and like most vets, I didn’t really know what I wanted to get into. I had little over a year to go when I received a call from Geoff Berner (Counselor California Career School) presenting me with the idea of driving a truck once I retired from the Army.

I began training with the California Career School while I was still on active duty with the Army. California Career School allowed me to do my training on weekends (military personnel only) up until the time I was ready to test at the DMV. I was also able to use tuition assistance through the military and the company i drove for paid back my portion of what was left after tuition assistance.

After driving over the road, I now drive local and see my family every night.

Joe Droegemeier”

Calling All Alumni

At California Career School, we want to remind our students that placement assistance is available to them before, during, and after their time with us. Whether it is for pre-hire applications, interview prep, or help with a resume, our placement department is here for you! If you have any interesting stories or experiences that you want to share, you may also get featured on our website. To find out more, give us a call!

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Our placement coordinator would like to share a few employers that have hired and currently employ California Career School alumni.

Coach America
Coach USA
Minuteman Parking
MV Transportation

Covenant Transport
Swift Transportation
BLT Companies
Knight Transportation
US Xpress

Leasing His First Truck

Joshua Beall graduated California Career School in Yuma, AZ back in the beginning of October 2010 and went to work for C. R. England and has chosen to stay out on the road to get more experience.

In February 2011, Joshua leased his first truck, a 2010 Freightliner, and became an Owner Operator.

Congratulations Joshua!

Joshua stopped by for a visit today to show off his new ride!

5 Point Brake Inspection California Career School Teaches USMC Marines to Drive Commercial Trucks

Here’s a sample of what you learn from California Career School instruction!

Veteran’s Day in Yuma AZ

In commemoration of Veteran’s Day, our Yuma trucking students decided to share a few words:

– Saul Solis

– Carlos Lopez

– Alberto Sotelo

Today is one of many days to take the time to thank our troops for the innumerable sacrifices that they have made throughout all of these years. Thanks to all who gave their all and more. We support our troops.

– California Career School

Moving Day Update

Our Oceanside instructor Jose Ballesteros went down to the Hyatt Huntington Beach Hotel for the 3rd time yesterday to continue the furniture move coordinated with Liz Diaz at Camp Pendleton’s Family Readiness Center.

According to Miss Diaz, one trailer will definitely not fit what will be transported this Wednesday. She has asked if we will be available again today. More updates later on the event!

Here are a few clips from the previous trips taken by one of our students with his phone:
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Helping Marines At The Hyatt

On September 24 and October 8 of this year, Camp Pendleton’s Family Readiness Center combined efforts with California Career School’s drivers and the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach to bring this furniture donation effort to fruition.

Where was this furniture going? To the Family Readiness Center at Camp Pendleton to be donated to Marine families in need of furniture to set up their households.

CCS instructor Jose Ballesteros worked with 15-20 Marines and 1 student during each visit to the Hyatt to load up furniture into one of our trailers for transportation to Camp Pendleton. Having previously worked as a supervisor in a shipping company for 2 years, Mr. Ballesteros communicated the proper way to load up furniture as compactly and safely as possible, thus enriching the training for the participating students Soane Langi and Wayne Pak scheduled to graduate this year.

During the first visit, over 2/3 of the trailer was full. However, the second visit proved even more successful – the efforts of the Marines and drivers completely packed the trailer and, according to Mr. Ballesteros, there was still more furniture left over. With such a high volume of material, there could be no doubt that the furniture would be helping a significant number of families settle into their homes.

Furniture Transported on Day 2:
50+ mattresses
10-15 couches
70+ chairs
40-50 tables
100 lamps
80+ nightstands
8-9 TVs

Many thank yous to Camp Pendleton Family Readiness Center, USMC, Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach, Jose, Soane, and Wayne for making this happen!

Trucking Graduate Finds Work

After graduating in March of this year, our student Mr. Wade Wright came to visit us very recently to talk about his employment.

To help students like Wade, our school provides national job placement assistance during and after training. Our placement office is here to support current students and alumni in resume writing, interview preparation, and networking with companies that are already hiring our graduates fresh out of class.

Additionally, this is offered on a national level. What does this mean? It means that students and graduates going home to other parts of the country will not miss out on our help in finding a career. Even years after graduation, our alumni may give us a call if they are looking for a position in the commercial driving industry in any location across the US.

Again, we would like to thank Wade for coming down to our Anaheim location and we wish him well in the rest of his endeavors. Thanks Wade!

5 Point Brake Inspection

Another great video from California Career Schools. The 5 Point Brake Inspection.

Interior Exterior Truck Inspection

Listen in as we demonstrate the interior and exterior truck inspection.