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.


May Trucking Field Rep visits CCS

Katie, one of the field reps for May Trucking, came by and talked to our students here at our Anaheim location. Katie travels to Anaheim and Twenty nine Palms and will be adding our Camp Pendleton site to her rotation and actively seeks out our students. She spent many years as a CDL driver prior to her field representative work so she gives the students valuable inside knowledge about the industry and the reality of starting out. She discussed the training program, the pay, and other extra benefits that the company provides. Two of our current students that attended the meeting, enjoyed that May Trucking would allow the trainee to “pick their pay by mile or a $90 a day for 90 days flat rate” option. Our students also stated that what they liked most was, “if a person would have received more money through mileage at the end of the 90 days, then the company would pay the difference”, thus receiving the most money possible.

May Trucking also allows drivers to bring a pet that is under 60 pounds for a $650 fee, and the driver receives $500 of their money back once the pet vacates the vehicle. The other $150 is used to clean the truck after the driver’s journey is over. Many people enjoy being able to have company and a pet is great companion. A driver can also bring a person on for a minimal fee.

The students that went to the recruiter meeting felt as if the training was better than most companies because only the trainee drives and the trainer does not. Most companies will have the trainer and trainee split the drive time, which they felt did not allow the learner to improve to their full potential. This portion only lasts between 2-3 weeks and the trainer will then discuss what the trainee needs more work in, such as: more time driving in traffic, practice backing up, etc.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, In May 2012, the most occupational employment with heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers is in these top 5 states:
Texas: 144,900
California: 122,660
Pennsylvania: 70,980
Florida: 65,410
Ohio: 65,340

BLS also states that, “employment for truck drivers is projected to grow 21% from 2010 to 2020, this is faster than the average for all occupations. As the economy grows, the demand for goods will increase, and more truck drivers will be needed to keep supply chains moving”.

It is never too late to start a new career path and get your CDL, and with great companies always looking to recruit and expand, it has never been easier.

CRST Opens New Riverside Terminal

California Career School had the privilege of attending the ribbon cutting and opening ceremonies of the new CRST terminal in Riverside. The new terminal features dormitories, common areas for the drivers to socialize, a cafeteria open 24/7, and laundry facilities. For entertainment, the terminal features a high definition movie room with a blue ray player and access to Netflix. A separate entertainment room houses a juke box, pool tables, and an outdoor patio providing grills for cooking with transportation to nearby markets for supplies.

The tour guide emphasized the family environment created within CRST: “We want our drivers to feel like they are family, to create a home away from home, but also a place for them to invite their families to.” CRST is currently working on partnering with nearby vendors to encourage this family structure away from home; one service they hope to implement in the near future is to have neighboring cosmetologists come in to provide haircuts for the drivers and their families on a regular basis.

Visiting the terminal, we caught a glimpse of how easy it is for the drivers to meet new people daily. We were able to get to know veteran drivers who provided us with some great advice for our students just starting out in the field. Robert, a driver for 35 years, shared his perspective of the road and stated that every driver must “respect the light load, respect the wind, and respect their paperwork.” He explained that much of his success has been a result of being aware of how weather affects his driving and of having his paperwork in order to earn the respect and leniency of the DOT inspectors. Robert emphasized the idea of continuous learning for our new drivers: “You must not think that you can drive all vehicles the same. For example, when transitioning between driving a van and driving a flat bed, you must be willing to learn how to drive all over again.” A trainer for 13 years, Robert understands the value of continuous learning and wanted us to share this with our students as they embark on their employer training. He advised them to “get a good trainer who is patient.”

Spending the day at the terminal, it was visible that CRST treats their drivers like family while providing them the best experience and advice from veteran drivers that set them up for success. California Career School is proud to share our driver family with CRST.

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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!

Heath Sparks Gets His CDL

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Congratualtions to our recent graduate, Heath Sparks, on obtaining his CDL!  He took a moment of his time to share with us a little about his experience at California Career School.

“Working together to learn how to accomplish all tasks. Very impressed with knowledge of instructors…”, is what stands out most to Heath in regards to our training.

We asked Heath, what he felt was most surprising in terms of his training experience at CCS? He replied, “hands-on training.” Our instructors work quite closely with each student to make sure that they are receiving any type of support they need.

He also offered some advise to any future students. Heath shared, “Most jobs are requesting CDL drivers and this will definitely help. Ward [our 29 Palms instructor] had set up and taken us to job fairs. Deeply appreciated.”

Heath was able to meet one-on-one with Integrated Production Services at a presentation set up by Calfironia Career School, which in turn transpired into a job for him.

IPS has created a unique Marine Corps Training Program soley for recently seperated, motivated, and qualified former Marines (ALL MOS’S) interested in a career in the Oil and Gas Industry to become Drivers and Equipment Operators.

Our employers, placement coordinator, and instructors all partner together to ensure we present our students with the best employment opportunities possible. IPS in turn works with California Career School to supply positions  for our transitioning military students. Consequently, Heath was able to take advantage of this opportunity.

We would again like to congratulate Heath and wish him all the best for the future!

Michael Edrosa Shares His Training Experience

Michael Edrosa is a recent graduate of California Career School who was able to obtain his CDL. Michael took some time to shed light on his experience with us.

On why he chose to attend CCS, Michael notes, “I went to [another school] first. Let me tell you I’m so glad I made the change to go to CCS. I couldn’t have been this successful if I stayed with [the other school].”

“So much drive time which helped when it was testing time at the DMV,” is what Michael relays was most surprising about his training with the school, “…our trainer Robert gave us excellent help throughout the whole thing.”

To describe his overall opinion of California Career School, Michael says, “Awesome!”

In terms of his future plans, Michael is currently going through the final stages of gaining employment through May Trucking.

We would like to congratulate Michael on his outstanding achievement and wish him all the best in the future!

Pre-hired Before Completing

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Tremayne Dale is a recent graduate of CCS who was able to land a job at Integrated Production Services (IPS) prior to even completing his training. He took a moment to share his experience at CCS with us.  

Tremayne relayed he chose to train at California Career School because of the, “Passing rate at DMV, job placement, and overall structure of the school. Attention to detail and team concept above any school. Instructions were laid out perfectly.”

“Confidence and trust the instructors have in their students,” he shared, was what stood out to him the most during his training. On his instructor’s teaching styles, he denotes they were, “Knowledgeable, passionate, and consistent.”

Tremayne details that what he was most surprised about is the placement assistance that was offered to him. He says, “…I was just expecting to get my CDL not the assistance for job placement, which was a great added bonus!” Our placement coordinator worked closely with Tremayne to help him attain a position at IPS and go to work after completing the program.

We would like to congratulate Tremayne on getting his CDL and for getting a position at IPS. We wish him nothing but the best for the future!

Daniel Sivak Gains New Skills

We wanted to take a moment and congratulate one of our recent graduates, Daniel Sivak. Through his perseverance he was able to acquire his class A license. Daniel took the time to share his experience at California Career School with us.

On why he chose CCS Daniel comments, “Given some of the feedback coming from other trucking schools and the positive feedback coming from the students and graduates from CCS, it made me feel safe coming to CCS for my CDL. CCS is hands-on from the beginning and is self paced which works best for most individuals that are active duty.”

With any success come challenges. Daniel notes that a challenge he faced was, “Leaving the military I wanted something concrete and solid to fall back on. Having a CDL and lifelong job placement was exactly the safety net I was looking for.”

In describing his instructor’s teaching style, he entailed that it was, “Very hands on and [they are] at your side when you need it.” Our instructors put every effort into accommodating to students’ needs and ensuring that they are successful.

“Finish active duty then find a company to work for through CCS job placement,” says Daniel in regards to his plans for the future.

CCS would like to congratulate Daniel in his accomplishments and wish him all the best for the future!

Nicolas Delgado Gets His CDL

Nicolas Delgado recently received his class A license through our Anaheim location. We wanted to congratulate him and have him share a bit of his experience.

On why he chose California Career School, Nicolas comments, ” It was close to home and [had a] small class with more hands on [training].”

He notes that during his training his biggest obstacle was,  “Not being able to drive stick shift, but class taught everything.” Our instructors work hands on with each student to ensure that they are prepared to acquire their CDL. Nicolas further comments that during his training he noticed, ” How each teacher can adapt to students’ needs and focus with them in that area of training.”

“Well presented, excellent teaching style, never gave up on students,” says Nicolas in terms of his instructor’s teaching style. He relays that what he finds most valuable about CCS is, “Teachers not giving up on students and being here for all their needs.”

“Good school to go to for class A license. [I] would definitely suggest and recommend…it’s an excellent school,” Nicolas details to any prospective students.

Once again, we’d like to formerly congratulate Nicolas on obtaining his CDL 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!