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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Military Personel uses TA to attend CDL program

California Career School would like to congratulate another US Marine who attended our Truck Driving School in 29 Palms for receiving both his class A with passenger endorsement. Chad was actually covered under his Post 911 with no money out of his pocket.  We have had hundreds of US Marines use their Tuition Assistance program to attend California Career School just this past year with a 96% success rate of receiving a real career after separating out of the military with no previous training or experience. Chad first learned about the school from the instructor himself.

“I had been wanting to get my CDL before leaving the Marine Corp but I did not know where I could learn. After hearing Ward speak I decided to give it a shot”

Chad did not have any previous training before starting the course; he stated that “the challenge was to learn something new that I had never done before (driving a manual). I am a quick learner so I didn’t have any doubt that if I applied myself and put in the hours that I would pass the DMV”

Chad’s big sense of accomplishment was when he finally mastered the Alley Docking. One thing that Chad found most valuable during his training was “every time Ward would correct me, he would tell me a story about how he had also made that mistake before and how it can really happen and affect you”.

“This is a great program and they put a lot on the line to help military guys like us. To make sure we are all taken care of and pass at the DMV” – Chad

Chad is moving back to his home state of Maryland after he gets out of the Marine Corp and is looking to pursue a career in truck driving. Thanks so much Chad! We wish you the best of luck here at CCS!

Interview with Mitchell Ulmer

Congratulations to Mitchell Ulmer! Mitchell was able to recently acquire his CDL at our Twentynine Palms location. He took a moment of his time to share his experience at California Career School with us.  

Why did you choose CCS? Was there an obvious advantage or anything specific that made CCS stand out in some way?

“I selected CCS because of the conduct that I had with Ward (our 29 Palms instructor) on base while in the Marine Corps on several occassions if it had not been for his effort in pursuing service members I would have not been convinced to enroll.”

Were there any challenges you were facing and what did you want your training to help you do?

“The hardest situation I had with this school was simply not finding out about it sooner. Had I found out about it sooner, I would have gotten my CDL sooner.”

Describe a moment that stands out about your training.

“The day when I learned to drive to the trailer where I needed to go thanks to Ward and Bailey.”

What words would you use to describe instructor’s teaching style?

“Perfect for Marines!”

Was there anything during your experience with CCS that was surprising or unexpected?

“The instructor’s willingness to drive success and not [accept] failure.”

What is it that we do as a school that you’ve found to be most valuable?

“Tireless dedication to students…”

What’s your overall opinion of your experience with CCS?

“Best school I have had the priviledge to attend.”

What are your plans now that you have completed your training?

“My plans are to go work for IPS.”

Is there anything that someone who is trying to choose a school should kniow about CCS?

“They have the amazing ability to be flexible with your schedule.”

Again, we would like to congratulate Mitchell on his outstanding acheivement and wish him all the best for the future!

Interview with William Haynes

William Haynes is a recent graduate of ours who was ably to successfully acquire his CDL through our Twentynine Palms location. We asked William to take a moment and reflect on his experience at California Career School.

Why did you choose CCS? Was there anything specific that made CCS stand out in some way?

“CCS is very military friendly. They worked with my schedule and did everything possible to make me successful.”

Were there any challenges you were facing

“I was close to leaving the military and didn’t have any specific plans. This school gave me the training and skills I need[ed] to be successful in a growing [i]ndustry.”

What is a moment that stands out in your training?

“Riding with Ward [my instructor] listening to his little tricks. ‘Clutch to neutral, clutch to gear’ and ‘the trailer where you’re going, the trailer where you’re going.'”

What helped you the most during your training?

“I listened to Ward and relied on my training and powered through.”

What three words best describe your instructor?

“Insightful, helpful, masterful.”

What is a revelation you had during your training at CCS?

“[That] you drive the trailer, and not the truck.”

What is it that we do as a school that you’ve found to be the most valuable?

“Having all the trucks in the yard to practice pre-trip or skills even when the truck is out on the road.”

What is your overall opinion of your experience with CCS?


What are your future plans now that you have completed your training?

“Move to Texas.”

Is there anything that someone who is trying to choose a school should know about CCS?

“They are the best school in Southern California.”

We want to congratulate William in his accomplishment of getting his class A license, and wish him all the best in his future endeavors!





PTSD – Not All Wounds Are Visible

California Career School is dedicated to assisting our Military not only through their transition to civilian life with employment but also in readjustment counseling service, offered by numerous Vet Centers throughout Southern California.

Veterans Day 2011

“Veterans Day is the day set aside to thank and honor ALL those who served honorably in the military – in wartime or peacetime. In fact, Veterans Day is largely intended to thank LIVING veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to our national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who served – not only those who died – have sacrificed and done their duty. A complete history of Veterans Day, and why it is observed on November 11, can be found on the Veteran Day History Web page.”

Veterans Day FAQ

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Remembering 9/11

Camp Pendleton remembers 9/11 this past Sunday with a gathering of families and Military men and women. “Hundreds of attendees, many dressed in patriotic colors and waving American flags, filled the benches and seats at the Oceanside amphitheater to remember the victims,” says Kristina Houck from the Camp Pendleton Patch.

Photo 1: Chuck Emanuele boothing at the event; Photo 2: Jan Emanuele w/ Lcpl Im of the 4th LAR Reserve Unit; Photo 3: Credit Kristina Houck from the Camp Pendleton Patch

Children had the opportunity to get in and out of vehicles. These vehicles and other heavy artillery were laid out in display for all to see. Pleasant California beach weather also supported the picnic held that day. Unemployment among Veterans was a key topic at the event and several organizations gathered to share what they do to help former Military in need. Our director Chuck Emanuele and his wife Jan attended as well to represent the school for the presentations.

“I believe it is important that we remember that day, not just the tragic side, but how we felt as a country—a country that came together and stood side-by-side,” Oceanside Fire Chief Darryl Hebert said to the Camp Pendleton Patch.