From the Experts

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  • A Career for Those Who Enjoy Interacting with Others

    Being a good bus driver is more than just having safe driving habits. Safety and operation of a bus are crucial, but customer services and the enjoyment of interacting with others are also aspects of the bus driving career. If you are someone who enjoys interacting with other people and have good customer service skills, you might enjoy a career as a professional bus drivers. “To truly enjoy being a bus driver, it helps to be a ‘people person,’” US News said. Being a good bus driver is about having safe driving habits, but it is also a career where communication skills can come in handy. “Relating to people is one of the best components of this profession,” US News added in an article about the bus driving profession. “And having this skill also helps drivers manage the mosaic of personalities and commuting problems they may encounter daily. In other words, the impatient and short-fused need not apply.” For those who drive school buses there is also an added responsibility for looking out for children and that can mean addressing a variety of issues while on a route. Gaining professional training as a bus driver also means have the opportunity to work in a variety of places. Bus drivers are needed in commercial operations, public transit systems and school districts. The Advanced Career Institute’s bus driving program offers the type of CDL training that a variety of companies and schools are looking for. Work as a bus driver can be found in numerous industries, which means your training will come in handy for years to come. Schools are particularly in need of bus drivers as over 25 million students ride on school buses each day and school buses are considered the safest way to travel to and from school. “The school bus industry has a long history of safely and reliably transporting children to and from school each day,” John McKinney, Vice President of Operations at International Truck and Engine Corporation and member of ASBC, said in a press release. “Importantly, however, school buses are also the most economical and environmentally-friendly way to transport students too.” The Advanced Career Institute is considered one of the best places to launch a career in the motorcoach industry as instructors focus on the safe bus driving practices employers are looking for. The growing demand for bus drivers and the shortage of quality drivers has led some companies to hire drivers that lack professional training. The shortage of drivers is a challenge for many carriers, but is an advantage for those looking for work in this industry, especially those with professional training from Advanced Career Institute’s bus driver training program. The Advanced Career Institute’s school bus driver training program and commercial bus driver training program introduces the students to the procedures and skills found in the school bus and commercial bus driving industry while preparing each individual to obtain a Class B bus CDL with school bus certification and endorsements. Students of the bus driver training program are often able to find multiple job offers waiting for them and can feel comfortable in the fact that they have a skillset that will make them valuable for many years to come. Working as a professional bus driver can be a very rewarding career, and depending on what type of company or school you work for, it is also a profession that offers flexibility and good pay. The bus industry is growing as more Americans are utilizing public transit and cities across the country are investing in new buses. Not only has increased public transit ridership resulted in a demand for more bud drivers, but so has the growth of school bus routes and motorcoach companies. If you are looking for a unique career that offers flexibility, good pay and a chance to work around other people, then becoming a professional bus driver might be the right career for you and Advanced can help you launch that new career with the type of skills an experience today’s employers are looking for.
  • Demand for Truckers Continues to Grow

    There are many reasons to consider a new career as a professional truck driver. The commercial truck industry plays an important role in the national economy which should give drivers a sense of accomplishment. In a column published by Tire Review, Bob Costello, president of the American Trucking Associations wrote about the important role the trucking sector is playing in today’s economy. “There is no industry more essential to the health and welfare of the U.S. economy than the trucking industry,” Costello wrote. “America’s trucks move the vast majority of America’s freight – from farm to factory to warehouse to retailer to home, trucks dominate freight transportation.” Costello added that “When looking at the industry, it is important to appreciate its size. Acc­ording to the Department of Transportation, there are more than one million interstate motor carriers – including for-hire, private fleets and owner-operators. And those carriers moved 9.7 billion tons of freight in 2013 – nearly 70 percent of all the tonnage moved by trucks.” With trucks playing such an important role in the national economy, becoming a professional truck driver could be a great way for you to enter a profession that allows you to make a difference and feel good about the work you are doing. “Every grocery store, shopping center, car dealership, book­store or pharmacy gets their goods via truck,” Costello wrote. “And in today’s on-demand economy, every time a person clicks the checkout button on an online retailer, another bit of freight is put on the back of a truck. Trucking is a $681 billion industry; more than 81 percent of all freight-related dollars were paid to the trucking industry. With more than 3.2 million drivers – and 7 million employees overall – trucking really is the lifeblood of the U.S. economy.” The size and growth of the trucking industry is another reason why this is a great career opportunity. The truck industry continues to grow and there is a need for thousands of more CDL trained commercial truck drivers. In fact, the demand for more drivers is so great that many truck carriers are looking for ways to entice more drivers through higher pay and tuition reimbursement for CDL programs. “Con-way Truckload is rolling out a new tuition reimbursement program to entice new drivers to work for the company after attending a professional driving school,” reports TruckingInfo.com. “The program will contribute up to $4000 to students attending or enrolling in a professional driving school to earn a commercial driver’s license. A full-time position at Con-way will be offered upon graduation and a driver must work for Con-way for a year to receive the full amount.” Demand for trucking services continues to grow across the country. However, truck carriers are struggling to find enough qualified driver to meet that demand and its forcing trucking carriers to look for creative ways to encourage more individuals to consider a career as a commercial truck driver. “Professional truck drivers are essential to our nation’s economy and with the current driver shortage, we’re looking for more ways to help bring new professionals into the industry,” said Bert Johnson, vice president of human resources at Con-way. In its article, TruckingInfo.com reported that “Conway will make monthly payments on a student’s loan for the first 12 months of employment with the company. After the year is up, the rest of the reimbursement will be paid in a lump sum. The new program replaces Con-way’s previous tuition assistance program that gave $2,000 reimbursements.” As truck carriers continue to look for thousands of new truck drivers, now is the perfect time to launch a new trucking career. The CDL training program at Advanced puts students at the top of the list for some of the best truck driving jobs in the country and is helping hundreds of jobseekers launch a new career in one of America’s fastest growing employment fields. The quality of education at Advanced can help many students graduate from the CDL training program with multiple job offers and opportunities. This is a great time to consider a new career as a professional truck driver, especially as the industry continues to grow and truck carriers increase their incentives for new drivers.
  • The Challenge Employers are Facing

    Employers in the welding industry are struggling to find skilled welders. “There just aren’t people out there with the skills we need or the interest in acquiring them,” said Gretchen Zierick, who runs a 95-year-old electronics connector manufacturer in New York. Zierick made that statement in a recent Inc.com article by Cait Murphy, which explored the growing problem of not enough skilled workers across the country, including in the welding industry. “Business owners everywhere, it seems, complain they can’t find good help these days,” Murphy wrote. “It’s a staple of conversation from talk radio to chats over the donuts and coffee at Chamber meetings. Almost four in 10 U.S. employers told Manpower, a staffing company, that they were having difficulty filling jobs, Murphy wrote. The feeling is particularly acute at small and midsize companies. In a U.S. Chamber of Commerce study, 53 percent of leaders at smaller businesses said they faced a “very or fairly major challenge in recruiting nonmanagerial employees.” That includes employers who are looking for skilled welders. There are not currently enough applicants with the right training to meet the vacancies that can be found in a variety of industries. Murphy also says that another problem is that employers may be too picky when it comes to hiring. “Simply put, employers pile on so many requirements that finding a match is like hunting for a white elephant: They do exist but are vanishingly rare,” Murphy said. “Employers, in fact, are not shy about saying this is what they are doing. According to a 2013 Career Advisory Board survey of 500 U.S. hiring managers, 67 percent said they “don’t feel like they have to settle for a candidate without the perfect qualifications.” So if they don’t find the white elephant, they will keep hunting--even though there are willing elephants ready to do the job.” That means today’s jobseekers need to have professional training in order to set themselves apart from other applicants. “One way to look at the problem, then, is to systematically figure out how to bridge what is, to a large extent, a training gap in certain jobs and geographies,” Murphy said. Jim Miller, Hypertherm’s head of manufacturing, puts it slightly differently: “The more we invest, the better off we are.” Advanced offers a great professional welding training program, helping students launch a new career in this growing industry. Advanced Career Institute’s welding program is designed to prepare each student to obtain American Welding Society welder performance certification and 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 and this career field offers jobseekers the chance to work in one of the nation’s fastest growing professions. There is a growing demand for professionally trained welders. The National Association of Manufacturers said that a recent poll of manufactures shows that 81 percent say they cannot find enough skilled workers and a growing number of applicants are scoring below proficient in the areas of math and science. That includes professional welders. Many employers are actually turning away applicants because many lack the training and skills that are needed in this profession. That give students of Advanced an advantage when it comes to finding work in the welding field. There are many reasons to consider a new career as a professional welder and now is the perfect time to enter this growing career field. Manufactures and employees in every part of the country are seeking out qualified welders who have professional training. Advanced is leading the way in helping a new generation of professional welders learn the skills today’s employers demand. If you have been looking for a new career and are looking for a challenge that allows you to work with your hands in a variety of environments, then becoming a professional welder could be the right choice for you. There are many reasons to choose this career field, but any one of the five listed in this post are reason enough to seek out professional welding training from a school like Advanced.
  • Safety is Critical for Bus Drivers

    Driving a commercial bus can be a great career and many bus drivers remain in the field for many years because of the flexibility, pay and unique experience it offers. There is also a growing demand for professionally trained bus drivers because of the new bus safety standards put in place. Those looking to enter this profession are best served by completing a bus training program like the one at Advanced Career Institute where students receive some of the nation’s best training in how to handle and operate a commercial bus. More and more employers are looking for quality-trained drivers especially as the bus industry cracks down on unsafe drivers and bus companies. There is a higher value on trained drivers these days and those with training from Advanced Career Institute are put in a better position to be hired by some of the best bus companies in America. Drivers that understand how to safely operate a commercial bus are in demand and students at Advanced Career Institute graduate from the bus driver training program experiencing this demand firsthand. Recently the American Bus Association expressed its support of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s effort to shutdown illegally operating bus companies or those found to be an imminent threat to the public safety, increasing the importance of quality-trained bus drivers. In a press release, American Bus Association President Peter Pantuso said his organization is supportive of a “Quick Strike Group” proposal from the FMCSA to perform bus inspections and conduct safety sweeps of bus companies that investigators believe are high-risk. Over the next two months that will also include reviewing a company’s operating schedules, their equipment storage and driver qualifications. Because of the increased focus on safe bus driving practices, drivers with professional training and experience are in higher demand by employers at some of the best bus companies in America. Employers understand that students of the bus driver training program at Advanced Career Institute are some of the highest quality drivers in the nation and they can feel assured that these students will help them meet important safety standards. The Advanced Career Institute’s school bus driver training program and commercial bus driver training programs introduce students to the procedures and skills found in the school bus and commercial bus driving industry while preparing each individual to obtain a Class B bus CDL with school bus certification and endorsements. Students of the bus driver training program are often able to find multiple job offers waiting for them and can feel comfortable in the fact that they have a skill set that will make them valuable for many years to come. If you are interested in becoming a commercial bus driver that is desired by the best carriers in the nation then the Advanced Career Institute is the right first step for you.
  • Transporting Our Nation's Children

    Close to 500,000 school buses travel America’s roads each day and more than 2.3 billion gallons of fuel is saved each year in the process, according to an American School Bus Council Report. Over 25 million students ride on school buses each day and school buses are considered the safest way to travel to and from school. Thus, school buses play an important role in the nation's education. “The school bus industry has a long history of safely and reliably transporting children to and from school each day,” John McKinney, Vice President of Operations at International Truck and Engine Corporation and member of ASBC, said in a press release. “Importantly, however, school buses are also the most economical and environmentally-friendly way to transport students too.” If America’s school buses were shut down it would take over 17 million additional cars to transport children to school and an additional 62.4 billion miles of car travel, according to the ASBC. School buses play an important role in America’s education system each day by transporting kids to and from school. A career as a school bus driver is a noble and important profession, and the value of school bus drivers has school districts all across the country constantly searching for more drivers, especially those that have received professional training and can demonstrate a commitment to safety. The Advanced Career Institute’s school bus driver training program introduces the students to the procedures and skills found in the school bus driving industry while preparing each individual to obtain a Class B bus CDL with school bus certification and endorsements.
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