Report: #24689

Complaint Review: Alliance Truck Driving School

  • Submitted: Tue, July 16, 2002
  • Updated: Fri, January 11, 2008
  • Reported By: Hickory NC
  • Alliance Truck Driving School
    po box 883/us25 Hwy
    Arden, North Carolina

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My husbands job has been closing down everywhere (furniture), so he got the paper time and time again and all he saw was truck drivers needed. He decided to better himself to go to school for it but the cash flow was getting pretty low, so we had to act fast to make the bills. After inquiring on several schools we found Alliance that was well known and seemed to teach their students well.

The interviewer came to our house and told us how it worked. The tuition was $5,900 for a 4 week program after that he was guareentee 99% a job with a company.

IF we can pay for the tuition they CLAIM not to worry, they will work with us........ WRONG! The guy also pressured us into a 250.00( Not refundable after 5 working days ) right then and there to reserve our seat, if we didnt write the check then it was not likely for him to take this class!

They showed us a diagram that let my husband pick what type of hours he wanted to work. There was long haul which ment being away from home weeks at a time, Over the road which ment gone for a week and home on the weekends and then there was local which ment he would be home nightly.

The school was hours away from home so they also said he would have a "dorm" to sleep in and NEVER mentioned a cost for the room. He explained they have housing for people in need.

For anyone that attempts trucking school with Alliance, want the truth??? The 5,900 does NOT pay for permit fee's, cdl license fee, room and board,the $65 physical and drug fee... nothing!!!!

For 5,900 your better off going to a company and signing with them a 6 month- 1 year contract! YOu get paid plus they teach you without paying almost 6,000 dollars!

Tuition that they claim they help with, GOD what a joke!!! What they do is run credit application's with ALOT of banks ruining your credit and you receive several letters in the mail stating youv been denied! WHY? Because you quit your job to go to this rippoff school!!!!!

So everyone that was unable to get in the school had to go home and they got the 250 you put down for the school! Then brought in people able to pay the tuition in the middle of the classes! So people were quitting their jobs paying the 250 for the seat and then sent home because Alliance was unable to help like they claimed!

Your out 250 and go through everything for nothing! Fortunatly I had my sister to pay for it and I pay her back as if she was the bank!Otherwise we probably would of lost our house because Alliance giving us hope on whats nothing but lies!

Their dorms?? It is not what they make you think it is!!! Its a 2 bedroom trailer that whoever needs it can stay at. My husband was told he had to share this trailer with 5 other men that were loud and he knew he would not be able to study or sleep.

The teachers even called one student "mouth" because he was so rude and disruptive in class........ now how in the heck do they expect anyone to pass if they cant sleep or study knowing theres a person like that??You also have to pay each night you sleep in this condition! My husband has chosen to sleep in his truck outside of the school, instead of throwing money away and end up failing the school. All teachers and students are aware and with the 6,000 they dont care.

As for their 99% chance of them getting you a job after, haha!! Yeah Right! They hand you a bunch of application's before you even graduate to fill out and mail to companies!

They dont do anything to get your foot in the door!!! My husband could have done that!!!! This school makes you beleive they have soooooooo much to offer and its all a word/money game!

Then as far as that local job my husband was told he could pick, WRONG! Now hes being told he HAS to drive over the road atleast 6 months before anyone would even consider to hire him locally!

They also interview the wife to make sure theres no problems with the family for the husband to be gone so much! That wouldnt cause a problem because my husband planned on eventually working locally but come to find out they dont even offer that at first!So for a school that seemed so concerned about our families adjustment when it came right down to it they dont give a crap!

This is what Alliance has done to my family!!! My kids dont have a father for the past month and now told it will be 6 months before he can work locally! They put the burden on my husband to find a place he can study, sleep and care for himself!

Im having a hard time sleeping at night, knowing hes sleeping in his truck because we were told he would have a dorm..... not paying for a tiny 2 bdr. trailer with 5 rude people! Then they told us it was a flat fee of 5,900........NOT!

We have to pay for all fees at the license office, we would have to pay for room n board if my husband choice to do so but the money is tight and choice to suffer for his family instead, they nickel and dime you until you have nothing left!

No husband, no family! They acted so worried if I could handle my husband being gone........BULL, they knew they were not being completely honest and was going to put my family through hell!! Ruin families, put men through hell, lie and manilulation all for the good ole buck!!!! Alliance, you should be ashamed for even showing your faces on TV!!!!!!

western, North Carolina
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#1 Consumer Comment

Stop Whining, are the bills getting paid?

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

It sounds like you miss your husband. Many companies go to Alliance looking for professionally trained drivers. One does not have to sign on with the first company who offers them a job. The newly trained professional driver does not need to accept the first offer if that does not meet his/her criteria. If he/she wants to hold out for a local job, he/she should do so. Alliance does have a registration fee, just like any other school one would apply to in furthering their career and earning capacity. They also have tution, do you think they should train people for free? They do place 98% of their students in the trucking industry before graduation. If he/she can get the financing then all is well, if not, that is not the school's fault. They do not ruin anyone's credit, the individuals have done this themselves. They do not offer dorms, they tell prospective students that they must pass a DOT physical and drug screen. Often, people hear what they want to hear and miss the rest. Career Counselors ask the wife to be present on the interview as the trucking industry is an industry that does make adjustments to life. They ask the wife or husband if they are willing to support the spouse in their decision, and not whine about it. Is six months on the road to much to pay for a rewarding career that supports your family? Is the price of tuition and registration too much to pay for a long and rewarding career that supports your family and offers job security, health insurance and other benefits? Is your family better off financially than before your husband attended the school? Do you support your husband in his career decisions, or did he take the long haul to get away from your whining and complaining? Alliance does provide the books, etc, did you honestly think this was going to be free? No school is. Sure, there are other schools which offer free tutition, read about them in these reports, they pay very little for a long time and keep the new drivers out for long periods of time. Do they train some of the best professional drivers, I do not think so. Alliance does train some of the best drivers. Can your husband say if he was properly trained? Did he learn what he needed before he hit the road? or was he just taught how to put the truck in gear and head out like some of the schools do? Tell us what he learned. I have a feeling he was trained to become a professional driver and learned from the best. Does the company your husband signed with offer tution reimbursement like many of the companies Alliance deals with? I wish you well and I do hope you have adjusted to your husband's new career and that your bills are getting paid and your family is in better circumstances than before your husband changed careers. I hope your days of whining are past and you are enjoying life and the rewards of a nice paycheck that pays the bills, health insurance and other benefits that allow you comfort in knowing your family is secure in life. I hope your family is now finding that your husband did indeed get some of the best truck driver training available and he is a safe driver. I am certain it is hard at first, but once some time passes and the kids have new clothes, your car is not broken down all the time and you can get your dental needs and health needs taken care of, life is good. After you have adjusted to the new income and lifestyle, let us hear from you about what kind of training your husband did indeed get.
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#2 Consumer Suggestion

It sounds like a nightmare...

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

*ALWAYS* make sure to get everything in writing and *ALWAYS* keep at least two copies.

I hope things come together for you and yours.
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#3 Consumer Suggestion

It sounds like a nightmare...

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

*ALWAYS* make sure to get everything in writing and *ALWAYS* keep at least two copies.

I hope things come together for you and yours.
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#4 Consumer Suggestion

It sounds like a nightmare...

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

*ALWAYS* make sure to get everything in writing and *ALWAYS* keep at least two copies.

I hope things come together for you and yours.
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#5 Consumer Suggestion

There are at least 5 companies that will hire you right now, with only a car license.

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

They all suck, but they do offer a no-money-down way to break into trucking.

Search google for truck driving job. Next, search each site for needs training.

You have to have a relatively clean driving and criminal record to qualify. If you're a drunk or a drug addict, forget it. If you play pinball with your car, do you really think anyone will hand you a semi?

But, most people will meet the standards.

You take a bus to the company. They pay the bus. You sleep in motel rooms or trailers with other drivers. You study for a week, then drive for two more. After that, you get a truck license.

Almost everybody passes. As long as you don't run over anybody important, you pass.

Those three weeks, you don't get paid a dime. You need to bring food money along to eat.

After that, you drive the trucks and start making money. You get like $300 a week for the first 6 weeks because there is another driver in the truck helping you learn. At least that's how it's supposed to work.

More often than not, it's an a*****e who yells at you to keep the truck going. He gets paid for all the miles that you drive, so he doesn't want to listen to excuses. You're his meal ticket.

That's your company training.

After that, you make 30 cents a mile. Most people do 2,000 to 2,500 miles each week. I tried to stay above 4,000. But, that's d**n hard to do. Remember, there's a lot of loading and unloading time in there. You can't just drive the truck around empty.

Some lunatic companies will give you as many as 6,000 miles each week if you can stay awake. But, you're talking 5 hours of sleep a night. You can only do that one week at a time. After that, it's back to the usual 4,000.

Even at 3,000 miles, you still make $900 minus taxes. But, it takes 100 hours to do. That's $9 an hour.

Forget local. All you do is fight city traffic with a big truck. Plus, you unload the whole truck. Ten stops. Ten deliveries. Ten times you haul stuff into the stores.

Beside, they want like 2 years of OTR experience.

I enjoyed the little toy trucks. That's why I drove them. But, it's really not a great job. It's dangerous. The hours are long. All you do is sleep or drive. The money's weak.

Why do you think there are so many openings?

There are some good parts. You're in the truck by yourself. You got the freedom of working alone. I enjoyed working with the truck.

But, if you go for big miles like I did, pretty much all you do is drive or sleep. The wage is pretty weak for that kind of a life.

I wouldn't recommend this job to anyone unless you are completely desperate for work. Even then, you had better be d**n good with motor vehicles. Remember, you're running a big truck at top speed everywhere. One mistake could easily turn out to be your last.
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#6 Consumer Suggestion

options I am a driver with several years of experience

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

I am a driver with several years of experience, and I also have experience as a driver trainer for a major carrier. Let me share a few better ways to get into the business. Several of the nations larger carriers (Werner Enterprises, Schneider National, etc) have programs for drivers to attend a training school on them or at their facility. The usual catch is that you must stay employed by the company for 1 year. This may sound like a hard price to pay, but it is much better than paying on a loan for YEARS. It is also a good idea to stay with your 1st company for 1 year anyway to prove a reasonable amount of employment stability so that you stand a chance to get that good local job at home. These same companies also offer tuition reimbursement for training schools, but this is a separate program. By going to the company's school (make sure it is accredited) you will save yourself loads of expense. Plan on going on the road though. Most of these companies will put you on a long-haul type of run (3 weeks out, 3 days home) to begin with. They may preach about their dedicated runs that will get you home often, and they usually have them, but they hire from within their company first and a lot of factors such as job performance and your home location will come into play. You have to enter the business from the bottom floor just like any other job. There are exceptions, but they are few and if you find them: JUMP ON IT!
Trucking is a rewarding career, but its also a major lifestyle adjustment. There is a reason you are payed to do it.
Finally, the most important thing you can do is stay safe. Its obvious that you don't want to be killed or seriously injured (it can and does happen), but even small things severely limit your future career options.

Be careful, and safe truckin'
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#7 Consumer Comment

Alliance was good to me.

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

Overall the experiance at Allaince Tractor Trailer Training School has been very good. There are good teachers with excellent teaching methods and some that go out of their way to make sure that you learn to become a professional driver. The course is also very challenging but excellent to teach you to drive well. Also, the students taht I have met at ATTTC from previous classes have been helpful in helping me take on the challenge of the course.
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#8 Consumer Suggestion

Do your research

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

I here alot about people getting ripped off by schools, I am an aircraft mechanic, after 9/11 it has been tough.
I did some research after moving to NC. spoke with some pro drivers on the way down from N. Dakota. When I arrived I met a lady that told me about Johnston community college, 595 resident, 2900 Non, plus 200 for other fees. Plus she gave me two job leads. the college has a job placement department. Hope things get better.
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#9 UPDATE EX-employee responds

I was one that was sent home......

AUTHOR: Past - ()

Everything you said is true. I was in their school being promised helped with the fincial part so I quit my job. The loan was denied and now I have no school, no job and very soon no home. I was at the Asheville School though, not Arden if thats where you ment. I am looking into signing with a company now and have a few good options. Its better then wasting my time with a school that is all lies......
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