How a Career Change Took Him OTR, But Closer to Family.
For over 30 years, Craig and his wife Jodi owned a small business renting offices and small apartment buildings. But, after devastating business losses, overwhelming stress, and a health scare, they knew it was time to liquidate and make a change.
They adopted two small children (a 2-1/2 year old boy, and his 9 year old sister), and decided to spend some time focusing on them, their 5 grown daughters, and their grandkids.
But full retirement was not to last. After many conversations with his wife, Craig decided to follow his boyhood dream of becoming a truck driver. Craig weighed his options (for more than 6 months!) before he enrolled in a CDL training program here at Heavy Metal Truck Training.
Craig qualified for a job retraining program through the State of Minnesota which helped cover the cost of his CDL training. He also utilized HMTT's Job Placement program which put him in touch with the driver recruiters at Transport America. After a company tour, and a lot of online research, Craig accepted a driver position and has been driving for Transport America for over 18 months!
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Craig graduated from HMTT in July 2015. Taking a chance and making a career change has paid off for the Hunter family. Craig and Jodi are no longer tied down to their real estate properties, their stress level is reduced, and Craig often includes his family as part of his driving adventure. He recently took his 12-year old grandson out on the road with him for 2 weeks, and calls his wife and kids every night from the road.
Thank you for helping me with my career change. I can honestly say that I use skills I learned at your school everyday as an OTR driver. -Craig Hunter
Are you ready to take a chance at a new truck driving career? Let us help you get on the road! Give the school office a call today at 651-528-8994 to find the CDL program that fits your needs, and use our job placement assistance to get pre-hired before you even begin your training! Read the full article about Craig's career change on the Transport America website.
Cindi accepted a job offer with Diamond Road Grinding Company.
We received an email update from one of our former students, Cynthia Kaeder: It's always so great to hear from our students, and love the pictures they send.
Thank you for the opportunity to attend your school to acquire my Class A CDL.I got my license Sept 27th 2016 (also got my Tanker & Dbl/Trip endorsements)I accepted a job offer on the 29th with a MN based diamond road grinding company that travels nationally. I drive a tanker for one of their mobile Diamond road grinding crews. My 1st full year 2017 as i came in late seasonI can expect to make anywhere from $65-85k+ (plus they have great benefits)My rig is a 2006 Frieghtliner Columbia daycab with a 10spd Eaton transmission just rolled her over 110k & I haul a 20,000gal tanker which picks up the water & road grind fines from the diamond road grinderKeep doin a great job!-Cindi
Shawna Froehlich, a graduate of Heavy Metal Truck Training school, is named a Trucking's Top Rookie finalist for 2016!
The Top Rookie award is named for the late Mike O'Connell, former executive director of CVTA. This award honors truck drivers new to the industry, helps instill pride and professionalism among new drivers, and in general promotes truck driving as a solid and stable career opportunity.
The award is sponsored by CVTA, Rand McNally, Pilot Flying J, Progressive Commercial Insurance, National Association of Publicly Funded Driving Schools, Professional Truck Driver Institute, American Trucking Associations, Cobra and the Red Eye Radio Network.
Each year, a panel of judges names the Top 10 finalists for the Top Rookie award, each nominated by their motor carrier employer, training organization, or members of the general public.
Eligible drivers must have either completed a PDTI-certified course, or graduated from a truck driver training school that is a CVTA or NAPFTDS member. They must also have less than one year of employment as a professional truck driver.
Nominated drivers are graded and evaluated on their availability, safety, and customer relationships.
Award Winning Rookie
From the 10 finalists, one winner will be announced as Trucking's Top Rookie for 2016, and will be awarded cash and other prizes at the Great American Trucking Show! Award runners up also receive cash and other prizes.
Previous Top Rookie winners include Darek Paul (2011), Keith Redvay (2012), Kyle Lee (2013), Julie Matulle (2014), and Frederick Weatherspoon (2015). [update:] Congratulations to Chris Crowell, who was named as 2016's Top Rookie.
We're so proud of Shawna's achievement as finalist for the Top Rookie of the year award! We're glad to be a part of Shawna's success and helping her to start her new career with such impact. Shawna is now enjoying a successful career as a driver for DART Transport. She is also the 3rd HMTT graduate in 4 years to be named a finalist for Top Rookie Driver of the Year!
The 2017 Contest will open on May 15, 2017. For more information on this contest, please visit www.truckload.org/Rookie
If you'd like your chance at becoming a Top Rookie finalist - or even being the grand prize winner - your first step is becoming a truck driver! Let HMTT help you get the ball rolling. Contact us today for enrollment options for our state-certified CDL training programs! Your new career is only a phone call away! 1-800-835-2540. Local to the Twin Cities? Call our school office at 651-528-8994.