Describing his experience at orientation, Tremaine could tell that DTC was the place for him. From the instructors, to the employers, he knew that this was the right place and choice for his life. The five-week program gave Tremaine the ability to gain the skills and knowledge that can create a plan for a successful life.
Graduating from the CDL program at DTC is “No easy task. Relying on one another from day one to graduation, everyone mentors one another, whether it’s an instructor or a classmate. They truly want the best for you and I want the best for them right in return.” With everyone sharing this information the CDL program is more than a program itself, it’s a stepping stone to get one to the point in life that they truly want and deserve.
Tremaine would honestly say that the hardest part about the CDL program would be the skills test. Being a focus in the graduation process, the stress brings great reward. Tremaine expressed the ability to “learn while you’re having fun,” was something that the CDL program truly is all about. Being out in the yard and in the truck with one another along with the support system of the class and instructors was inspirational. “If you can’t learn something from an instructor you can pick it up right from the one another,” says Tremaine on the mentorship with both the instructors and students. CDL Divisions Manager, Tom Mueller said, “He was an excellent student and paid attention. The epitome of exceeding at an extraordinary level.”
Tremaine landed a job with Roehl Transport INC. He acknowledged Roehl at the beginning of orientation. “At orientation, there are a ton of different employers looking to hire the graduates. I was in contact with Roehl from the very beginning and I landed the job before I even graduated.” Roehl a type of company that truly cares about their drivers; not only from a benefit perspective, but the competitive pay scale, pay increase for safety, and a positive work environment.
Tremaine has set goals for himself. He wants to visit the forty-eight states during his first year as a licensed CDL driver. He believes that the encouragement and great teaching ability of the instructors has given him the ambition to continue his education. He wants to earn a degree in either English or Mathematics, where he can end up in Finance. Tremaine is just one example of the hard work and dedication it takes to graduate at DTC, but he is the definition of setting a goal and achieving it.
Video, Photo, and Article by Eric Eramo
We had the pleasure of interviewing our Alumnus Shane Carson. Shane has recently finished our Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) program and has received his CDL certificate. What many don’t know is that Shane is an actor with the SAG-AFTRA union. Shane was looking for a way to improve his income in between acting jobs when he learned about truck driving as a career path. Shane then decided on Detroit Training Center after researching CDL training programs.
According to Shane “ being an actor, it is very important to diversify yourself and learn a number of different things.” Shane believes that improving his technical skill set may lead to better roles for him as an actor in addition to improving his income. Shane loved our classes and enjoyed learning various maneuvers including the 90 from Tom our CDL Instructor. After finishing the program, Shane was easily able to obtain a job in Colorado as a truck driver. After graduating Shane left DTC with kind words “Thank You DTC, I am very thankful, and I am very proud.”
Photo, Video, and Article by Chris Davis