• Report: #313478

Complaint Review: MTC Truck Driving School

  • Submitted: Fri, February 29, 2008
  • Updated: Thu, April 02, 2009

  • Reported By:Germantown Wisconsin
MTC Truck Driving School
11842 Missouri Bottom Rd Hazelwood, Missouri U.S.A.


*Consumer Comment: In response to the ripoff report about MTC

*Consumer Comment: You Could Have Got Your Loan Cancelled like I did...

*Consumer Comment: its not that bad

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Ten months ago I found MTC online, and called. I had called other trucking companies for CDL school but what roped me into MTC was them promising that no matter what, I would have a CDL no matter how long it took. Because I was very new to the trucking industry, this roped me in. After riding greyhound all night long, we were picked up and taken to the building where they train. Lack of sleep, nerves, and pretty much being exhausted, Phil handed out papers to sign, and we were rushed into signatures. That was my first mistake. Then after being up all night on greyhound, then all day signing papers, we finally were taken to a motel that had mold growing on the walls, broken furniture, elevator that stunk or was broken down, and trash in alot of places. The next morning we were taken back to MTC to start "training". We studied for our CDL's then Phil asked who had cars there. About 8 did and thats when he informed the class that there wasn't transportation to go get our permits, & that the car owners would have to get as many people in them as possible.

Anyways, after a week of staying in the hotel, we would get moved to the "dorms". It is a small 10x10 room (maybe a couple feet larger) but they had no windows, the beds were plywood and pvc pipping. The mattresses were moldy, ripped, stained, and smelled. The ac didn't work half the time there which made it beyond unbearable when it was hot. The bathrooms were disgusting, and food was twice a day which was totally unhealthy to eat on a regular basis. The trucks were old, always breaking down, and not enough instructors for everyone. When out on the yard, you walked close to 10 hours waiting for a 15 minute to drive maneuvers once the whole night. You also watched the pretrip tape close to 2 hours at the beginning of each day. The truck they use for the pretrip test has missing parts, doesn't run, and you have to pretend parts are there. The brake test on the pretrip is said out loud as the truck not only has missing parts--it obviously doesn't run so you don't do the real thing. If you fail the pretrip test, you are made to write it a minimum of 7 times before you can move ahead. Failing it twice doubles that amount of writing. Some nights there was only one truck for over 30 people there. At the time I went, some of the students had been there almost 2 months as it was a roof over their heads.

Upon taking your CDL test, you only pray you pass to get out of there because by now you owe $8000 or more. They drag out the 1st 3 days of physicals, tests, and other stuff so that you end up owing them forever.

Three days before my CDL test, I became extremely sick. Alot of people in there had eithor sinus infections, flu or one thing or another and we called it the "kennel cough" and anyone moving into the "dorm" was guaranteed to get sick. There was also black mold growing on the ceilings in some rooms. I have photos of the rooms, the hotel, and the trucks we drove in. Anyways, I could barely stand up, threw up out on the yard, and had been sick for a few days but it hit me hard the 3 days before I went to take my CDL. Joan--who works in the office and is a manager of some sort, told me that if I went to bed she would remove me off the CDL list. I was horrified as I wanted out of there. After she went home for the day, (I was on nights by this point so that I could try to have more chances of learning how to do anything), the instructor told me to go to bed. The instructors were decent and knows the place is horrible, but they need the job. Three of them tended to keep a blank look while knowing the conditions are beyond intolerable.

The food is cheap fast food ((McD's big n tasty) and a wilted salad, arbies roast beef that has that runny cheese, with a bag of chips, rice stir fry, pizza, or a sub with 2 meats one cheese, and once a week fried chicken. No drinks are provided at any time, and all meals come with a bag of chips. These are the main foods over and over day after day. It's always one of these and they are rotated day to day.

I did pass my CDL but learned a valuable lesson. No reputable trucking company wants to touch you if you have gone there. Ask any trucking company to back up what I just wrote. It's not accredited, and they hound you daily for money. I paid for a while but can't afford it as it never goes down, and the payments are outrageous. I quit where they "contracted" me as it was Swift, and driving "team" when you don't even know how to shift isn't exactly safe. I realized that along with probs that Swift has just for being there (that's a whole new story!), but now 10 months later, I still owe ALOT, wish I had never gone there, but have managed to learn to drive safely, and regret ever making that phone call to them.

One week after leaving MTC I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. The doctor told me that it was severe and borderline to becoming type 1 at the time I walked in. I'm furious that MTC totally disregards anyone's health too. My diabetes is very under control since then or I wouldn't be driving now. But MTC has ruined my life and others in the class that went with me. They have the same problems with MTC hounding for money. They finance you through a company that is connected with them.

Another thing is that they will not provide any type of transportation if you need medical, or need personal supplies at a store. There is nothing around there at all walking distance other than the convenient store next door.


Germantown, Wisconsin

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 02/29/2008 05:59 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/MTC-Truck-Driving-School/Hazelwood-Missouri-63042/MTC-Truck-Driving-School-SCAM-ARTISTS-NON-ACCREDITTED-THEIVES-FILTHY-PLACE-TO-LEARNGET-313478. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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#1 Consumer Comment

In response to the ripoff report about MTC

AUTHOR: Darryl - (U.S.A.)

I am a EX student of MTC. I must agree with some of the comments about the school are true.I to was promise that I would graduate in about two weeks or more, the condition of the school are some what true, the bed are made of wood & PVC.
The room are small.

The facility is not the best.But I was not looking to stay very long, I came with one purpose to get my CDL

After 14 Days I graduated top of my class, the reason being is I didn't focus on the negativity that the other student where talking about.
I also didn't sit on the bitching table a complain about what was wrong with the school.
Instead me and about 5 other student studied together and help one another to graduate, all of us completed the course in about three week only because the State sites could only take so many people at a time.

I've been driving about three years now and some of the truck stop I've had to use weren't in any better shape so the director is correct in getting you ready for the real world.

If you are looking for some plush hotel accommodation maybe truck driving isn't for you, this can be very rewarding but the old saying no pain no gain does apply.

I don't regret going to MTC. I received some of the best training I could ask for, the instructor can provide you with some very good infomation... I am grateful to Bill! He was one of MTC best.

"May he rest in peace"

Sign:) "n2truckin2" A.K.A. "Dump truck"
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#2 Consumer Comment

You Could Have Got Your Loan Cancelled like I did...

AUTHOR: Joe - (U.S.A.)

I went to a truck driving school in a certain city in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex many years ago. They are probably out of business and if they are, it would serve the ( expletive deleted) racists and sexual discriminators right.

Like the person here, I signed a bunch of paperwork too .The institution that was underwriting the loan for me was a group out of Waco,Texas, I believe or somewhere like that. I made SURE I saved those papers in case things didn't work out.

I had to take the bus to the school.Some of their more successful graduates showed up in a real rig --I think it was J.B. Hunt and to me, it looked like a palace on wheels. I wonder if it was just a scam to impress us to finish the progrm and we too could have a mansion like this one./

Cut to the chase: there were three women in the class. One was my cousin. One was a former topless dancer who has spent some of her own money to come to the school and she hooked up with an old boy who looked like
the cartoon character Lil' Abnder complete with the hairstyle and a room emperature IQ. The other one was a gay lady whose Dad owned a trucking company.

I was helping the instructor put away some learning materials when he remarked to me that it was a shame that "none of the Blacks, Mexicans or women will be able to find work when they get out of this trucking school." I didn't say anything then but I guess he forgot my last name or something....They can't help their graduates find work but they can sure take their money!

I stopped going to class but when I did ( and my cousin did too), I made SURE to have her call the company that was underwriting her loan and tell them to cancel the loan PDQ and WHY.

Since the so-called trucking school could not get paid without the loan and we had each done less than $200 each in fees at that point, then we got them first before they had a chance to screw us over.

Nothing worse than to be in hock for a debt and not be able to get the kind of job you were promised incurring that debt in order to pay it off. How long would it have taken us to have paid off $8,000 on minimum wage.

I eventually became a truck driver but NOT BY GETTING TRAINED BY THOSE LOSERS!

I see where they have expanded their courses to include bus driver and fork lift operator ---probably because NOT ENOUGH OF THEIR GRADUATES MADE IT AS TRUCK DRIVERS.

They are still in business and have even expanded into Canada. That was back in 1988 or 1986 or so...

You could have called and got the lender to have cancelled your loan on the grounds that you were not going to be able to get the job you thought you were and you weren't going to be able to pay it back and you didn 't want their company to be stuck with it. They appreciated my honesty and cancelled it for me.

Then when I really needed some help going to school, I was able to get it.

You might have done the same thing.

My cousin and I cancelled right before we were scheduled to actually start driving and I think it would just have been a couple of days of actual driving each.
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#3 Consumer Comment

its not that bad

AUTHOR: Cdgoodman66 - (U.S.A.)

Having just finished MTC's training program on 7/30/08 I must say the above report is not exactly accurate. I lved in the dorms and saw no mold. the motel is the Airport Ramada which was quite nice. the classes are large but we never had to walk more than 30 minutes prior to our turn to drive. The instructors are very caring and as long as you put forth effort are more than willing to give you extra help. I got my CDL in only 17 days so you are not there for 2 or more months. no one while i was there had been there more than 5 weeks and those were the ones who wanted to stay for extra training. the rooms are small but that is to get you used to being in a truck( they are smaller than the rooms). This is a good school, it is not a college with dorms. The food could have been better but its enuff to hold over a 250 pound man (me) just fine.
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