Werner Enterprises Partners with Military Friendly Schools
Thursday, Jan 4 2018 Staff Writer
Military veteran drivers who enter the civilian workforce for a truck driving career must essentially start over. These experienced truck drivers may have ample driving experience while in the military. However, they must get a commercial driver’s license and be able to show verifiable driving experience to get a trucking job. Fortunately, there are schools and trucking companies in the US working together to make it easier for veteran drivers to get a trucking job. Check out what the Military Friendly designation is all about, and how Werner Enterprises is doing to train military veteran drivers.
About the Military Friendly Designation
Each year the Military Friendly Advisory Council takes a detailed analysis of colleges and universities in the US. The goal is to use survey data, personal data from veterans, and public data sources to determine which schools are the most military-friendly. The methodology and results are audited by Ernst and Young, a third party consulting firm, and then published to the public.
Schools that are evaluated include community colleges, private schools, public schools, vocational/tech programs, non-traditional schools, online programs, and doctorate programs. The goal is to determine which schools rank the best in terms of working with military veterans who are students. For military vets who are entering the commercial trucking industry, they need to return to school to train to get a commercial driver’s license or CDL.
As non-traditional students, these individuals may want to choose a trucking school that is listed as one of the Military Friendly designated schools. These schools will cater to the needs of military veterans, such as helping them use GI Bill benefits to pay for school. These schools may also provide resources for assisting vet truck drivers to secure FMCSA grants for military drivers or exemptions for the written portion of the CDL exam.
Choosing a Military Friendly Trucking School at Werner
Werner Enterprises is connected with two truck driving schools in the US that were recognized as Military Friendly. These include several Roadmaster Drivers Schools and the American Institute of Trucking. Students who go through the truck driving programs at these schools will have connections to recruiters from Werner Enterprises. Also, Werner offers pre-hire letters to attend orientation upon graduation from a partnering trucking school. Students in trucking school want to get pre-hire letters because it provides them with an entry into the truck driving job pool.
The Military Friendly designated Roadmaster Drivers School locations include:
- Dunn, North Carolina, which was recognized as a silver level school
- Columbus, Ohio
- Fontana, California
- Jacksonville, Florida
- Memphis, Tennessee
- Orlando, Florida
- San Antonio, Texas
- Tampa, Florida
The American Institute of Trucking schools in the following cities were named as Military Friendly:
- Phoenix, Arizona
- Las Vegas, Nevada
These schools ranked high on the data evaluation thanks to their work with military veteran students. This includes everything from assistance with financial needs to job placement assistance.
Regarding the association with these Military Friendly trucking schools, Derek Leathers, CEO and President of Werner Enterprises, said, “We take great pride in partnering with Roadmaster Drivers School and AIT Truck Driver Training to secure the success of the next generation of drivers for the entire industry. This recognition aligns with our commitment to hiring only the most elite professional drivers in the industry, and our military service members and spouses consistently prove that they are the best of the best.”
Military Veteran Drivers at Werner Enterprises
If you are a military veteran who is entering the trucking industry, Werner Enterprises offers specialized benefits for this demographic. As a vet, you can enroll in the VA Approved Professional Truck Driver Apprenticeship Program. This program is the first and only of its kind in the nation. Once in the program, veterans with the Post-9/11 GI Bill are eligible to get a max of $23,714 in benefits while training. This money is in addition to the amount of pay earned by drivers in training at Werner, which is $550 a week for the first 275 hours of training.
Students in trucking school through Werner Enterprises are also eligible to receive tuition reimbursement. This is vital for military vet students who do not have any GI Bill benefits or other means of paying for training. It covers their tuition costs that they have to pay out of pocket for trucking school. In this program, drivers will receive up to $15,000 in reimbursement.
So how do you get into the VA Approved Professional Truck Driver Apprenticeship Program at Werner Enterprises? First of all, you must graduate from a truck driving school that is a partner with Werner, such as the AIT or Roadmaster Drivers School. In addition, you must be an experienced driver but with limited verifiable experience hauling as a commercial driver. Finally, you must get a trucking job at Werner to be eligible to join the apprenticeship program.
Source: Werner Enterprises - Press Release
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