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    Keeping Finances Organized While on the Road

    Managing finances can seem overwhelming when you are away from home. Staying organized does not have to be a source of additional stress. There are several ways to manage your money better while still on the move. Here are a few tips to start the New Year off strong by staying organized with your finances.

    Make a List

    In order to manage money well, you have to know how much is coming in versus how much is going out. Take the time to create a list that includes the date each bill is due, the date deposits are made, and any expenses for food, clothing, or other necessities.

    Bank Better

    Not all banks are created equal, and for that reason, it is important to do research and choose one that meets your individual needs. Choose a bank or a credit union that offers free checking services, low ATM fees, and mobile banking options so you can track and manage your account from anywhere. A good bank should also have no minimum balance requirements or limit the number of transactions you can make. Since you will likely be away from home, banks with a great Mobile App will be especially beneficial.


    If you have multiple checking, savings, or credit card accounts, now is the time to consider consolidating. Having multiple accounts only makes it harder to keep track of what you owe, when it was paid, and through which account. As a bonus, this can also save you money. You can choose to keep the accounts with the lowest fees and interest rates.

    Take Advantage of Technology

    Free apps, like Mint and Prism, are available and make staying organized a breeze. You can keep all of your financial information in one place and can access it from your mobile device. Not only can you pay bills through these apps, but also get notifications and reminders for any bill that is not set up on auto-pay. Taking the time to manage your money better is a great resolution. Knowing you are organized will give you that peace of mind while on the road. It might just save you some money as well! At Advanced Career Institute, we are proud to offer training in the transportation and welding industry. If you're ready to make 2018 a great year, contact us for more more information.
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    Advanced Career Institute Teams Up with Werner Enterprises

    Advanced Career Institute, Central Valley’s largest and only nationally accredited truck driver training program, will be doing a special Class A CDL training program for some lucky residents of Merced County in California.  There are 12 initial Scholarships available for a 4-week program to qualified residents. “Here in the Merced area, there are a lot of people looking for a better paying and long-term career.  So, we thought it would be a great idea to introduce the folks at Werner Enterprises to Worknet.  Werner has great paying jobs.  And Worknet has people that are looking for a new and different opportunity”, said Everett Yockey, ACI Merced Campus Director. WHAT CAN YOU EARN? New truck drivers with their Class A CDL at Werner Enterprises can earn up to $48,000 the first year.  In your 2nd year, you can expect to earn $55,000 - $65,000 as an experienced driver!  So, Advanced Career Institute in Merced created an accelerated, local CDL truck driver training program for individuals to help make this happen.  ACI gets you trained and ready to start work for Werner in just 4 weeks.  “This is a really a great program!  We are helping people get the training they need to be successful in the trucking industry.  Worknet and Werner Enterprises are teaming up to offer an incredible scholarship program to help cover the costs for the student”, said ACI President, David Bither.  You will leave ACI prepared to take your DMV Permit Test because you will be receiving 160 hours of truck driver training. This new program is currently being taught at the ACI Merced Campus and spots are going fast.  Learn more about this CDL Training Scholarship program by contacting our Merced campus today at 1 (209) 437-3767.  The Admissions Staff will help get you started and review all the details with you.
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    9th Annual Toys for Tots & Gifts for Seniors Event

    Advanced Career Institute is proud to sponsor our ninth annual Toys for Tots & Gifts for Seniors Event. We are collecting new, unwrapped toys for children. In addition, we are collecting basic need gifts for senior citizens. We are requesting items such as new blankets, slippers, socks and other basic need items to be distributed this holiday season. Toys for Tots was established in 1947 by Marine Reservist Major Bill Hendricks where he collected and distributed over 5000 toys to disadvantaged youth in the Los Angeles area. Due to its success, the United States Marine Corps Reserve decided to expand the organization nationwide. So far, Toys for Tots has received donations of nearly 500 million toys to give to millions of children across the nation. All gifts will be distributed in our local area. Last year, we were able to collect toys for several hundred kids and basic need gifts for senior citizens in our community. However, last year we were unable to fulfill all senior citizen gift needs, so we are requesting your donations to help these individuals! The event will be held at the A&W located at 2611 S. Mooney Blvd. Visalia Ca. on Saturday, December 2, 2017 and Sunday, December 3, 2017 between the hours of 10:00 AM and 6:30 PM both days. In addition to our regular gift collection, Saturday’s event will also include a LIFE Car show and shine from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Those wishing to enter the show are requested to bring a gift for either a child or a senior citizen as the entry fee. Individuals requesting gifts, know of a child or senior citizen in need, would like to donate, or volunteer their time can call (559) 651-1978 for more information. Help Advanced Career Institute spread holiday cheer! With your help, we can brighten the holidays for many children in our community!   If you have any questions, please contact Larry Helmuth by email or phone: [email protected]; office: (559) 651-1978.
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    Tips for Keeping Students Safe on the School Bus

    Kids are a family's dearest treasure. When we send them off to school, we are entrusting them to a system we expect will keep them safe. For this reason, school buses are the most regulated vehicles on the road. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), students are 70 times more likely to get to school safely on a school bus than in a car. As a professional school bus driver, here are some safety tips to consider:
    1. When picking up or dropping off kids, make sure children are away from the bus before moving and especially if reversing.
    2. Be cautious of kids in neighborhoods. This is especially true if the streets have no sidewalks or are lined with trees and bushes.
    3. Look for kids running up to the bus when they are late. They might run out unexpectedly and not be aware of traffic.
    4. When picking up or dropping off, stop for a few seconds and keep the door closed until other vehicles have come to a stop.
    5. School bus seats are designed to protect the passenger when seated properly. Ensure kids are seated when the bus is in motion.
    6. Make sure children are not reaching out of or dangling anything from the windows.
    7. Let children know to not rush back to the bus if they forgot something. This might cause them to dart into the street. You can always turn in any found objects to the school office.
    8. Make sure all children that need to have crossed the street completely before retracting the crossing arm.
    9. Always instruct kids to be silent when driving through a railroad crossing, so as to be able to hear train warnings.
    10. Always put safety ahead of schedule requirements.
    These are mostly common sense suggestions which you should keep in mind. They are in addition to specific regulations you learned for your Class B CDL test. If you would like to learn more about becoming a Professional School Bus Driver and bus driver training, contact Advanced Career Institute for details.
  • Women in the trucking industry

    Commercial truck driving is a historically male-dominated industry, with women comprising only 5.1% of today's truck-driving workforce. It's a tough job, requiring extensive CDL training, finely-honed skills, and physical strength. But as history shows, women who are determined to succeed in this industry are unstoppable. Truck-driving Women Who Made History
    • Luella Bates (1897-1985) - During a time when women were expected to be homemakers, Luella refused to be restrained by tradition. She joined the labor force during WWI, driving trucks for Four Wheel Drive Auto Company in Wisconsin. After the war most women were fired, but Luella was so good at her job that she remained employed as a driver. She was also charismatic, using spectacle to promote Four Wheel Drive's line of commercial and fire trucks. This bold pioneer paved the way for other women by achieving mastery in a field previously thought to be the exclusive domain of men.
    • Lillie Elizabeth McGee Drennan (1897-1974) - Known for her signature ten-gallon hat, loaded revolver, and tendency to curse, Lillie was truly a force to be reckoned with. She owned and ran the Drennan Truck Line, and in 1929 she became the first woman to be granted a CDL after successfully suing the Railroad Commission for "sex bias." This lawsuit set the legal precedent against sexual discrimination in the trucking industry.
    • Adriesue "Bitsy" Gomez (1943-2015) - Described as a "gear-jamming gal with white-line fever," Bitsy founded the Coalition of Women Truck Drivers. Using their influence and the courts, they challenged the sexist practices and attitudes pervasive in the truck driving industry at the time, and encouraged more women to take on CDL training.
    Industry Changes
    • Recruiting more women - Thanks to pioneers like Luella, Lillie, and Bitsy, modern trucking companies are making big changes to attract female drivers. Carriers are offering more practice time in truck driving simulators, female driver liasons, internal support groups, and classes on sexual harassment awareness and self-defense.
    • Support Networks - Organizations such as Women In Trucking and REAL Women in Trucking, Inc provide support, job listings, and the opportunity to connect with other female truck drivers.
    • Female-friendly trucks - Ryder System Inc. has redesigned their cabs to be more ergonomic or women, with adjusted seat height and more accessible placement of handles and gauges.
    The trucking industry still has a long way to go to achieve gender equality, but thanks to bold, capable women past and present, the future looks bright. For every woman who obtains her Class A CDL, another will be inspired to enroll in truck driver training. To sign up for the Advanced Career Institute California Truck Driving School Programcontact us today!
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    Holiday Gift Ideas for The Trucker in Your Life

    If you have a professional truck driver in your life, finding the perfect gift is easy. Truck drivers have a specific set of needs and always appreciate presents that make their time on the road roll a little smoother. Here are some holiday gift ideas that are sure to put a smile on a truck drivers face.

    Power Inverter

    In today's technology-packed world, drivers rely on their smartphones for communication, entertainment, and GPS apps. A quality power inverter in the cab ensures that phones, laptops, and tablets stay charged and ready to go.

    Shower Kit

    Putting together a full shower kit for your favorite trucker is a very thoughtful gift. Make rest stop showering a lot more comfortable and include:
    • shower shoes
    • a bathrobe
    • quick-dry towel
    • shampoo and conditioner
    • soap


    Audiobooks are a welcome gift for professional truck drivers. They keep boredom at bay with captivating stories, biographies, and histories. Audiobooks are an affordable option and a fantastic choice for drivers.

    Truck Route GPS

    Not all GPS apps were created equal. For your trucker, be sure to buy one that has a truck atlas. This will help them stay on track and provide information like truck prohibited routes and height clearance restrictions.

    Electric Blanket

    Sometimes truck drivers have no choice but to sleep in their cabs. An electric blanket can make that a better experience on cold nights. Choose an electric blanket with a long cord so they can easily plug it in. If you're looking for a new career as a Class A CDL truck driver, get professional truck driver training at Advanced Career Institute. Contact us today to find out how to enroll. Veterans assistance and other financial assistance are available to those who qualify.