It’s official. I have the CDL, the graduation certificate, my transcript, the class picture, and yes, even a hat. (haha, K, you called that one!)
What a ride! Would I recommend Central Tech to someone considering driving? Oh Yeah! Get that, Central Tech, Drumright, Oklahoma. I just want to make sure you got that…
Even I thought I might be a little nuts to start truck driving school at my advanced age. (Ok, I know I’m not that old, but still! There was that “teaching an old dog new tricks” thing…) I honestly had my doubts. And concerns. And a teeny bit of fear, the old unknown, you know, that I bludgeoned down with my work boot real good before leaving for Drumright the first time.
But all that aside, I’m so glad I just held my breath and jumped in with both feet! This has to have been one of the most interesting and fun experiences I have ever had in the educational arena. And I’m so glad it was 99.9% positive. I have to say that because of the nightmare experience I had going through the police academy in ’01. That is another story entirely and not one of my favorite memories. So suffice it to say that I am so exceedingly happy that Central Tech was a great experience.
I have to say that the instructors at CT are just about the best I could imagine. They really do care about teaching you how to do things safely, and correctly. The whole program was fast paced enough to really be challenging, but help was always just a radio call away if you got stuck or needed some pointers. I just can’t say enough good things about the entire staff at CT. They’re very professional, all very cool-headed, and they really understand how to get the information and skills across to even a novice like me.
The bottom line is that I went in completely ignorant of anything to do with semi-tractors and trailers, and I came out feeling competent enough (and judged to be so through thorough testing!) to be able to drive any big truck safely. I think that’s pretty neat!
Anyway, I’m going to relax this evening. And ponder my future as a driver. My husband told me there is a local company that might want to hire me, putting the hotshot thing on the back burner for a while… I still have a lot to learn so this might be a great opportunity for ‘continuing my education’ and getting some hands-on experience before taking on all the responsibility of running a business. It appears I have a lot to think about!
Whichever way we decide to go with this, I can’t help but think this is the best thing I’ve done for myself in a long time. I just feel great!