California Career School at TAP Class

UPDATE: We are now accepting students for our new homeland security program available at Camp Pendleton!

Your separation date is coming up. What will you do next?

This is the question many of the members of our military face when active service is coming to an end. The Pendleton and Twentynine Palms Transition Assistance Program (TAP) provides classes to separating service members during their period of transition into civilian life, providing job-search assistance and related services within 180 days prior to separation or retirement.

Camp Pendleton and Twentynine Palms hold TAP classes several times per month, allowing California Career School the opportunity to extend our educational services to those looking for work after separating from the military. To attend at California Career School, service members don’t need to be on active duty at all– we are a VA approved school! You can receive your class A license in as little as 6 weeks and have a job waiting for you upon graduation! Regardless of your time remaining with the military, California Career School will help you get your license in a timely manner. We will put you in our full-size trucks in your first week of class; our training is hands-on from the very beginning.

California Career School representatives use time at TAP class to meet potential students, learn what their career goals are, and see how we may be able to help them. A potential student came right up to our table and said, “My Commanding Officer told me to get a Commercial Driver’s License as something to fall back on.” We were able to talk to him to see if our school would be a good fit for him and we showed him how his Tuition Assistance would cover the cost of the program. So if you see us at the next TAP class, stop by and say hello! With your separation coming up, we want to help you decide what to do next.

Call us today at 1(800) 499-6585 to meet with us!

BIT Inspection

Our buses were subject to an Annual Inspection as part of the Biennial Inspection of Terminals (BIT inspection) just this past week and our school successfully earned their satisfactory rating! The CHP’s highest mark is the satisfactory rating as listed on below.

In BIT inspection documentation, it shows that, “The CHP’s role is to determine whether carriers’ selected maintenance schedules are adequate to prevent collisions or mechanical breakdowns involving the vehicles, and all required maintenance and driver records are prepared and retained as required by law. These same basic requirements are applied to all carriers, large and small.”

A terminal rated satisfactory is one that is in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. Minor deficiencies or defects may exist as long as highway safety is not jeopardized.

Criteria for assignment of a Satisfactory rating include:

A) Vehicle/equipment condition reflects effective preventive maintenance practices.
B) Vehicle records reflect compliance with applicable mandated inspection intervals; clearly identify inspection, service, and lubrication intervals; document services and repairs performed; and reflect the actual condition of the vehicles.
C) Drivers’ daily vehicle inspections are performed and documented. Defects noted are corrected promptly.
D) Vehicles are not operated with out-of-service conditions or defects of a long standing nature.
E) Drivers’ timekeeping records are in use and are current. Retention intervals are complied with.
F) Drivers’ timekeeping records reflect compliance with hours-of-service requirements.
G) Records reflect compliance with DMV EPN requirements.
H) Required driver proficiency records are on file.
I) The terminal/shipper is in compliance with HM/waste requirements.

Our MCI-12 bus was the primary subject of this inspection and was assessed on these bus-specific items:

1) Do you perform a safety inspection at least every 45 days on each tour bus? VC 34505(a)
2) Do your 45-day safety inspections include at least the following: VC 34505(a)
(a) Brake adjustment?
(b) Brake system components and leaks?
(c) Steering and suspension systems?
(d) Tires and wheels?
3) Are defects which are noted during 45-day inspections corrected prior to operating the tour bus on the highway? VC 34505(b)
4) Do 45-day inspection records include: VC 34505(c)
(a) Identification of the vehicle including, make, model, license number, or other means of positive identification?
(b) Date and nature of each inspection and repair performed?
(c) The signature of your authorized representative attesting to the inspection and to the completion of all required repairs?
5) Are these inspection records retained for at least one year? VC 34505(c)

Students can rest assured that California Career School vehicles undergo regular maintenance to meet the standards as required by organizations such as the
California Highway Patrol.

How Gerald Defines CCS

“The staff made the difference. Everyone was so friendly and smiling every day, it makes you want to come to school. That is something I’ll miss,” explains graduate Gerald Vance.

At California Career School we are committed to success—Gerald is no exception. Already pre-hired, Gerald came to us at the referral of his new company. After only five weeks of truck driver training, he has now joined our group of success stories. When asked how he finished so quickly and how he knew that he was prepared for the DMV, Gerald told us he had a good relationship with his instructor and the small class size also provided good one on one drive time. “The staff makes the school,” he said.

Instructor Ken Smith (left) & Gerald Vance (right)

Werner called me on the fourth of July Holiday! I think I will take a couple days off to relax and then start orientation.” We wish you the best of luck Gerald, and we can’t wait to hear how things go for you!