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  • A Bus Driver's Goal is to Keep it's Passengers Safe

    Dear Motorists, As a bus driver, my first priority is ensuring that the students under my care arrive safely and securely at their destinations--and I need your help to make that happen. Road safety is my #1 priority. In order to accomplish those goals, can we reach an agreement? There are several common laws that have either been forgotten or which many of you simply choose not to follow.

    Rule #1: When My Lights Flash and Arm Extends, You Have to Stop

    Legally speaking, you're required to stop your vehicle when my stop sign is extended and my lights are flashing. This isn't a deliberate effort to inconvenience you; it's a safety measure for the students in my care. Keep in mind these key rules:
    • On a divided highway, only the traffic traveling on the same side of the road as the bus needs to stop. If you're on the opposite side of a divided highway, feel free to drive on through!
    • If we're not on a divided highway, all lanes of traffic must stop when I stop. This is for the safety of my students, who may have to cross the road to reach their homes.
    • If my yellow safety lights are flashing and my red stop lights aren't and my stop sign isn't extended, you need to proceed with caution. Make sure you're looking carefully around you, but you may not need to come to a complete stop.

    Rule #2: Don't Rush to Pass Illegally

    My bus takes up a lot of space on the road, and all too many motorists try to zoom around it without stopping to think about what it does for visibility. I know that you're in a hurry. You need to get to work on time, or complete your errands, or make it home before your own students get off of the bus. Rushing around me--especially illegally--is more likely to cause an accident, especially when you can't see what's going on--and that might impact more than you. It might also impact the dozens of children on my bus.

    Rule #3: Keep Your Distance

    When you're stopping behind me, take a minute to consider how close you are to the bus. Children are at the greatest risk for being hit in the zone about ten feet around the bus--and that can be a serious problem if you're edging closer. Check out our state's regulations for how far away from the bus you need to be stopped and proceed accordingly. With your cooperation, we can make students much safer and prevent accidents--and that's a win for everyone involved. Sincerely, A Concerned Bus Driver   If you have more questions about the rules of the road and maintaining proper etiquette and safety when dealing with a school bus, contact us! we'll make sure that you understand the key elements of road safety to keep both students and drivers safer.
  • Staying Close to Home as a Truck Driver

    Homesickness is a huge reality for over-the-road truck drivers. It's a feeling that brings even the strongest-minded drivers to the point of second-guessing their career choice. However, paying the bills, maintaining a stable environment for family, and the enjoyment of a fulfilling career seems to keep you on the road. So, what can be done to overcome the challenges of the lonely open roadway? Here are a few tips to help you stay connected with loved ones while on the road:

    Schedule Time to Video Chat

    Almost all cell phones allow you to video chat. Video chat or Facetiming allows families and friends to talk online face-to-face and is just like using a webcam on a computer, but so much more convenient. On most Android or IOS phones, just open up the software and make the call. You will be connected just like any other call, but you will be able to see the person. It is a great way to interact and keep up with milestones in your family's life. Be sure to plan and schedule video chat times so everyone will be present.

    Create Social Media Profiles

    Almost everyone today has a social media profile, and if you don't, well it's time to get connected! Social media is one of the best tools to keep up with friends and what is going on back home. It is also an effective way to alert friends or family when you are traveling in their area. You might just have extra time to meet up for a quick visit. If you don't want the whole world to see what you are up to, set your profile to private so that only those you want can see your posts.

    Send Texts

    Send fun and up-to-date texts to your loved ones. You might not be up-to-date on the teen 'lingo' used today but a quick text just to check in with them will keep you in the loop of their activities and other family members. The good news is most teens love to text, so your chances of getting a response back are high.

    Take and Share Pictures

    Take lots of photos with your phone. Share fun photos and places you have traveled. You can also have pictures from family printed out and posted in the cab of the truck. It's a great alternative when you can't see faces in person.

    Decorate Cab of Truck

    Decorate the cab of your truck with items that remind you of home. You can put up pictures and special gifts given to you by friends and family. Also, try putting a familiar scent in the cab that reminds you of being home. Everyone has a special scent that triggers memories to happier times.

    Record Videos

    Record your own videos. Most smartphones have this capability as well. You don't have to miss special school events of a child or community events. Recording the occasion will give you the feeling of being present. Video recording is the next best thing to being in person.   At Advanced Career Institute, we don't just prepare you for your CDL, but we also help prepare you for the life of a trucker. With the help of ACI you will soon be on the road and enjoying this new chapter of your life! We'll help you each step of the way until your dream is fulfilled!
  • Get Quality Welding Training at ACI

    This blog was previously written in 2013, but the facts still remain true. Welding jobs continue to increase year-over-year. As America’s welding industry grows, professionally trained welders are in demand more than ever. New construction, transportation projects and pipelines for natural gas all contribute to the growing demand for professional welders.

    Welder Job Statistics

    The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the need for welders is expected to grow by 26 percent by 2020. This makes welding one of the fastest growing professions in America. The growing demand for welders has caused many jobseekers to consider a career in welding for a few reasons. The welding industry offers higher than average starting pay, good benefits and a bright future.

    What Welding Employers Look For

    However, today’s welders need professional training in relevant practices and new welding technologies. Although the demand for welders is high, employers are still looking for welders with training from a respected school. They want to recruit students who have relevant welder training and experience using appropriate safety practices. Employers struggle to find properly trained professionals who understand how to work in today’s modern welding field. The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) reports that 60 percent of manufacturers typically turn away half of all applicants. This is due to a lack of proper skill and training in the welding industry. Luckily, this gives students at Advanced Career Institute an advantage. Additionally, the NAM reports nearly 81 percent of U.S. manufacturers say they cannot find enough skilled welders to meet demand. That shortage is also true for shale gas manufacturers who are struggling to find professional welders with experience in pipefitting. The current shortage of quality welders means there are many job openings across the country. The starting pay for a professionally trained welder is higher than the national average. Interested in taking advantage of this opportunity? Learn more about our quality welder training program at Advanced Career Institute.

    Get Quality Welder Training at ACI

    The Advanced Career Institute’s welding program is designed to prepare each student to obtain American Welding Society Certification. Students will also receive training in a variety of skills including construction site safety, blueprint and site plan reading, principles of metallurgy, construction math and welding tool usage. From the shale gas sector to transportation infrastructure construction, professionally trained welders are needed all across the country. This career field offers jobseekers the chance to work in one of the nation’s fastest-growing professions. Start your new career today! Contact us to learn more.
  • A Study Guide for Passing the CDL Test

    Like any test, the Commercial Driving License (CDL) exam requires study and preparation because you will be tested on a lot of information. However, simply trying to memorize the entire CDL manual, which is typically around 180 pages long, is not the best way to prepare for the exam. Instead of wasting countless hours becoming tired and frustrated, study smart. Here are six study steps to help you prepare for and pass your CDL exam.

    Plan Ahead

    Cramming a day or two before your CDL exam will not yield the best exam results. Besides causing sleep deprivation and trouble focusing, you won't retain important material that you need to understand as a responsible, safe driver. Pick a day to take your exam and start studying ahead of time so that you are fully prepared. If you are new to the exam, consider taking a training course online or in-person, which some states require. There are a number of programs you can choose from, so shop around for a course that works best for you. For example, at Advanced Career Institute, we offer Class A and Class B CDL training courses as well as CDL refresher courses for experienced drivers in California.

    Find Out What to Study

    Are you wondering what exactly is on the CDL exam? Take a look at the DMV CDL study guide, which breaks down the test section by section in terms of the CDL manual. For a detailed, free, comprehensive guide, check out Study Guide Zone's CDL Test Study Guide. No matter what kind of CDL you are studying for, you'll have to know General Knowledge. Based on the type of CDL you wish to receive, you'll have to study specific topics, such as School Buses and Hazardous Materials.

    Take a Diagnostic Exam

    It doesn't make sense to study what you already know. To find out what you do know and what you don't know, take a diagnostic exam. Driving-tests.org allows you to select your state and take a free, full-length general knowledge practice exam. Taking a diagnostic test will also help you get a feel for the exam so you'll be better prepared on exam day.

    Collect Your Study Materials

    Make sure that you have everything you need to help you study. The most important tool will be the CDL manual, which you can download on your state's DMV website. You can also pick up a hard copy from your local DMV. The DMV endorses DMVCheatSheets.com, which provides a number of cheat sheets with a money-back guarantee if you do not pass your CDL exam after using the service. Consider purchasing a CDL test prep book, downloading an app from the Apple App or Google Play stores, and saving helpful websites with study guides and other prep tools.

    Study What You Don't Know in an Effective Environment

    Using the results from your diagnostic exam, review the material that you don't know in the CDL manual. If you have purchased a test prep book, you can find the sections that you need to review using the table of contents. When studying, make sure you have a distraction-free space. Remember to take breaks and have some snacks nearby to refuel.

    Test Your Knowledge

    After reviewing what you need to from the CDL manual, test your knowledge through flashcards and additional practice questions. Union Test Prep offers free CDL flashcards and practice tests based on specific subjects. There are a number of apps that can also help you study on the go. You can also ask your family and friends to help quiz you on the sections that you have trouble with. Using these tips and tricks can help you pass your CDL exam. Of course with your training at Advanced Career Insitute, we will help prepare you for this exam by going over every little detail. The goal is, by the time you go in for the test, all questions should be second nature to you. For more information about passing your California CDL exam and our training options, contact us today!
  • 4 Reason to Begin Your Welding Career

    April is National Welding Month, and there has never been a better time to consider a career in this industry.  Welders play an integral role in such areas as retail infrastructure and home improvement.  As automation integrates with the welding field, it creates more opportunity for specialization. The good news is employers are looking for qualified Welding professionals! If you are thinking about changing your career, there are many reasons to investigate and research the welding industry.  Let's take a look at 4 undeniable reasons to become a welder:

    1.  Welding is used in many industries

    You can find welders in the aerospace, construction, mining, automobile, and shipbuilding industries. As the global economy continues to grow, Welders can rest assured they will have job security and more opportunities.

    2.  Automation will continue to integrate with the Welding field

    As technology is used more widely than ever before to improve and streamline processes, Welders will have additional specialization openings. Individuals who transition to this professional field will learn the latest methods of mechanical welding.  The materials and processes used will continue to evolve, making it an exciting time to get involved.

    3.  No degree is required to enter the job market

    With the rising cost of tuition at colleges and universities nationwide, a career in welding provides students with a greater return on investment.  Trainees are ready to work in their field after only 480 training hours. This means having the ability to earn a competitive wage faster than 2-4 years with a college degree.

    4.  The California Welder Program is completed in just 24-weeks

    Students are prepared to transition to an entry-level welding position, where they will gain additional practical experience.  Skills obtained through training are applied to a variety of growing industries that provide personal and professional growth.  Advanced Career Institute offers their training program at two campuses--Visalia and Fresno.   It doesn't have to be National Welding Month for you to take control of your career.  If you love to design, create and fix things with a variety of materials, Welding may be the perfect next step for you. Contact Advanced Career Institute to begin your career in welding.
  • Tips to Staying on Schedule While on the Road

    Now that you have your CDL license and an exciting new career on the road, you will want to learn some time management techniques so that you can do your best job and be as safe and efficient as possible. Like any job, there is a learning curve to driving trucks. You will learn little tricks as you gain more experience, but here are a few time-saving tips that may help you out quite a bit as you hit the road!

    Traffic

    Traffic is out of your control, but you can plan your route with the intention of avoiding the biggest cities and roads when they will be the most densely populated and traffic will be at it's worst. We all know that rush hour is the worst time to be driving in and around any large city. The best thing you can do to manage your time is to work your routes around this knowledge and make sure you aren't driving into LA, Houston, Atlanta, etc. during the peak traffic hours. This will save you a lot of time sitting in your truck.

    Load and Unload

    A part of route planning is loading and unloading your cargo. If you can plan your routes with the intention of dropping off and loading your cargo as early as possible, you will save time and make your customers very very happy. The more consistent you are in pleasing customers, suppliers, dispatchers in this way, the more likely they are to give you better jobs in the future and it can lead to more money earned for you.

    Rest

    Just because you are trying to work ahead of schedule does not mean that you get to forget about rest. You need to sleep every night in order to provide the best service and be the most efficient driver that you can be. The key to time management is planning. Plan your sleep times and rest periods as stringently as you plan your routes and your load and unload times. Planning is the key to time management, there are apps like Apple's calendar on iOS and Google calendars that are great organizers. These apps will buzz and make a noise like an alarm clock if you set them. Ultimately, you need to be in control of yourself. Calendar tools will help you stay organized and remind you when to stop resting or driving etc, but at the end of the day, you will be as organized as you want to be. Planning and organization are the cornerstones of time management. What time management tips do you have for truck drivers? At Advanced Career Institute, we don't just prepare students for CDL Training, but all aspects of trucking. Interested in entering this in-demand industry? Contact us to learn more about our training programs.