Helpful Information About Potential Welding Careers & Trucking Jobs

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    Life as a trucker is more and more favorable for women with the chance of equal pay!

    As the labor market tightens, many women are looking to infiltrate male-dominated industries in search of higher and equal pay. The American Trucking Association has reported a booming 234,234 female truck drivers, a 68% increase since 2010. Many are citing competitive pay as their motive for entrance into the industry. The workplace culture of the modern truck driver can be against the grain for many women.This is partly why the industry's employees are currently only 8% female. However, don't forget, that number has increased by 68% in the past 9 years. Noticing the discrepancy between the amount of male and female truckers, Ellen Voie began the Women In Trucking Association in 2007. She wanted to create a network of female truck drivers and to encourage a more diverse representation of women in the profession. While helping the general public better visualize female truck drivers, Voie hopes that other women will be encouraged to get licensed as well. The association continues to raise awareness of the specific issues, such as equal pay, to help bring more women to the industry. They also want to focus on the encouragement of more women in executive and managerial positions. If you are a woman, 0r know a woman, interested in getting started in the trucking industry, here are some facts you can share with them about the opportunities trucking provides:
    • Truckers' pay is determined by load, hours and mileage. Therefore, gender, ethnicity or age does not affect your earning potential.
    • The advancement opportunities for a truck driver are endless and all depend on your personal hard work.
    • With more women grasping at the opportunity for equal pay, we can predict a climbing rate of female employment nationally and is a small part of acting against female poverty in the United States.
    • In addition to pay opportunities, as a trucker, you will get the freedom to travel and see the beautiful country
      Does this sound like an opportunity that fits your interests? Do not wait any longer! Contact us for more information on how to achieve your goals.
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    These 5 welding myths shouldn't keep you away from a career!

    Are you or a family member seriously considering a career change? Perhaps the thought of becoming a certified welder has been brought up but welding myths have stopped you in your tracks. A welder can have an extremely rewarding career if you only take the time to learn about it! We will debunk these top five myths about this career and why they should not stop you or your loved one from pursuing a successful career.
    • "Welding Is For Those Who Can't Get Into College" -The truth behind this welding myth is that welding still requires a significant amount of education, especially of scientific materials. As a welder, you will also need to have a good understanding of math so you can make the required precise calculations. Welding is not a fall back plan for the uneducated. A lot of knowledge is required and welding is especially a good fit for those who enjoy the STEM fields.
    • "Welding is a Low-Paying Job"-There is plenty of room for advancement and the potential to make good money with a welding career. In fact, many jobs come with high starting-salaries and generous benefits packages. Experienced and specialty welders can even make over $100,000 a year.
    • "Welding is a Man's Job"- One of the biggest trends in the welding industry has been the increase in the number of women pursuing welding as a career. Welding myth debunked; it is no longer just a man's job. Manufacturers are looking for skilled welders and it is becoming clear that women will be more and more welding jobs.
    • "Welding is Too Dangerous"- There is no denying that there is some risk involved with a welding career. However, welders learn very rigorous safety procedures during training and are expected to follow the same procedures while at the workplace. Therefore, as long as you stick to your safety measures, you will be a safe welder.
    • "Welding Is Being Replaced With Automation" - While it is true that there are more and more automation and robotics in the industry, this is not a threat to the welding job market. The market is changing, however, so you need to be willing to continue to learn. Also, welding is safer than other industries that are more easily outsourced overseas.
    With these welding myths debunked, do you have a different opinion on your future welding career? We hope now you can see what an amazing career you can have as a welder. Please don't hesitate! Contact us.
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    4 Ways to Show Your Support for Breast Cancer

    October is the favorite month of the year for many people. The leaves begin to change color, the air becomes crisp, and warm drinks, pies, and soups fill kitchens across the U.S. However, for many people October comes with a very different meaning. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In the U.S., 1 in 8 women will be de diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime, and October can bring back unfortunate memories for many. Therefore, this October let's learn how we can support those around us.
    1. Wear Pink - Pink ribbons, pink shirts or even pink hair can help show your support for those both currently battling breast cancer and those who have beat it. You never know who could see your that small ribbon and feel supported.
    2. Donate - There are many different organizations that are dedicated to improving the statistics for breast cancer. Even donating $5 this October can truly help the advancement of treatments and supportive services for patients.
    3. Exercise for a Cause - Local charities and organizations develop runs and walks to support breast cancer. Chances are your town or city has one already scheduled for October. This is a great way to get the whole family involved. Take a minute to check your city's local event calendar to see if you can participate.
    4. Learn and Share - One of the most important ways we can show our support is by learning the statistics related to breast cancer and how it affects those around us. The next step is to share these facts with other friends and family. If we spread the facts, we spread awareness.
    Are you ready to show your support? Advanced Career Institute is showing our support too. During the month of October, the Bither Family will donate $10 for every student who enrolls at Advanced Career Institute. Additionally, if you become a graduate of ACI this month you will receive this free breast cancer awareness hat to show your support on the road. Give us a call today if you are interested in joining our list of graduates and supporting breast cancer at the same time!
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    Refresh your trucking skills and get back on the road!

    Career changes and job advances happen to everyone no matter what industry you are in. Trucking is no different. Maybe the trucking industry is calling you back home. Even if you've been out of the trucking business for a while, we can help restart your career with a CDL Refresher Course. ACI can update your skills and make sure you are confident enough to get back behind the wheel.  Check out the reasons you should enroll in a CDL Refresher Course.

    Tailored to You

    Our CDL Refresher Course can be tailored to fit your individual needs. We understand that everyone may have different skill levels and therefore needs a specific course structure.
    • 3-week course: This behind-the-wheel only course is designed for students who already hold a California CDL permit, but have little to no experience behind the wheel of a commercial vehicle.
    • 2-week course:  For this course, CDL permitted drivers should have little to moderate driving experience before starting the course.
    • 1-week course:  Students who take this course have moderate to above moderate experience driving and a CDL permit.

    Short Time Commitment

    We know that you have already been through extensive training when you first obtained your CDL. Here at ACI, the purpose of our CDL Refresher Course is to help update your knowledge and experience behind the wheel. That is why our courses will be a maximum of 3 weeks to get you back on the road.

    Location Options

    The ACI CDL Refresher Course is available at all four of our locations: Visalia, Fresno, Merced, and Bakersfield campuses. Therefore, you can find an option that works best for you and your schedule.

    Feel Confident

    All of our CDL refresher courses are designed to help students feel prepared to take the behind-the-wheel CDL exam. There is no shame in asking for a little bit of help. ACI is here to fit your needs and help you fulfill or get back to your career goals. Contact us today to get back behind-the-wheel in a short amount of time.
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    Learn more about the trucking industry with these trucking vlogs.

    Truck driving is highly unique and we know every driver has plenty of stories to share and that is why vlogs are the perfect niche for truckers. These trucking vlogs tell the stories of truck drivers from across the country. The following are our favorite vlogs we think you should follow today!

    Allie Knight

    YouTube vlogger Allie Knight has developed quite the following on YouTube. She's quirky and funny and travels around sharing all kinds of adventures on the road with her subscribers. One of her most popular videos is where she gives a tour of her truck. So many people have always wanted to know what the inside of the truck cab looks like, and Allie gladly obliged her fans! Check her out to enjoy all of her adventures.

    Jade and John

    Truck driving can be a lonely job, but not always. Married couple Jade and John have a very active vlog on YouTube where they share all kinds of truck-related topics from Jade's "Truck Talk" segments to "cutting your own hair." In this particular video, Jade and John offer some advice to those that are married as team truckers.

    Vasiliy Agiy

    This trucker has a large and loyal following because of his fun videos and interesting topics. Treating every video as a new adventure in trucking, or offering tips and suggestions to others, this channel is one you won't want to miss. His YouTube video showing what truck stop showers are actually like is a particular must-see!

    Super Trucker Dan

    For those that are interested in the business of truck driving itself, the YouTube Channel for "SuperTruckerDan" is worth clicking to subscribe. This vlog looks at the ins and outs of the industry and is worth your time if you are perhaps interested in moving into that career or are already working in that career. His video about being an owner and operator of a flatbed truck is one worth watching.

    The Healthy Trucker

    The Healthy Trucker channel on YouTube is a niche within a niche. If you are in the trucking industry, you will want to check this channel out. It is full of specific topics related to maintaining your health while working as a trucker. This video on how to eat healthy at a truck stop is a must-see for everyone that finds themselves on a road trip! These are five of the best vlogs on the internet by truckers themselves. You don't have to be a trucker to subscribe and enjoy these videos, but for those that are, you will definitely be able to relate. If you are thinking about making a change or want more information about the truck driving industrycontact us today and let us help you learn more.
  • CDL Training & Welding with ACI

    School is back in session for you too!

    It's back to school time for families across the country and it can be back to school for you too! There is no better time to hit the books again. While your kids are trying to move on to the next grade level, you will be moving on to your next career!  At Advanced Career Institute (ACI), you can take the first step to a new career in trucking or welding. Still not sure? Check out our list of great reasons to start your training today!
    • Short Training Time - At ACI, our goal is to get you trained and out in the workforce in a time frame that gets you earning the money you deserve quickly. If you go back to school with ACI, you'll be off to the workforce in 4 weeks for trucking and 38 weeks for welding.
    • Job Placement- Going back to school can be scary because of the uncertainty of career placement once you graduate. However, ACI takes care of this worry for you! ACI offers job placement assistance that includes helping your job search, practice for interviews, and spruce up your resume.
    • Jobs In Demand - Currently, the trucking industry is one of the most in-demand career paths on the market today. This means jobs are just around the corner for you once your training is complete. Additionally, as a new school year starts, opportunities for school bus drivers will also emerge.
    • Tuition Assitance Available - If you go back to school with ACI, you have the possibility to be eligible for financial aid assistance. This assistance can help pay for your training and possibly take away the stress of tuition for you and your family.
    • Inspire Your Children- Children look up to and admire their parents. If they see mom and dad are working hard in school, it can encourage your children to do their best in school too!  This can turn into wonderful bonding time.
    Back to school season is here! Enroll in a trucking or welding course and start on a path to a rewarding career. Giving yourself a great career can help to provide for your family so that they can succeed too. Contact us today to learn how to get started!