Helpful Information About Potential Welding Careers & Trucking Jobs

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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.
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    Tips to Keep Truck Drivers Safe During the Winter

    When winter weather arrives, it presents a big challenge for professional truck drivers. Here are some winter driving tips that will help keep drivers safe and warm.

    1. Carry proper supplies

    Truck drivers should make sure they have cold weather essentials on hand. These include:
    • extra clothing layers
    • gloves
    • flashlight
    • rain gear
    • windshield fluid
    • blankets
    • bag of sand or salt
    • tire chains
    • jumper cables
    • snow scrapers and brushes

    2. Slow Down

    The slower you drive, the more time you have to react. Hydroplaning is also caused by going to fast. Avoid winter accidents by watching your speed.

    3. Keep A Firm Grip On The Wheel

    Grip the steering wheel firmly to maintain control. Keep both hands on the wheel at all times to guide the vehicle through snow and ice.

    4. Allow Safe Space

    In the winter, truck drivers should increase their following distance. Be sure you have more than enough space to stop and maneuver in unexpected traffic situations.

    5. Watch Out For Bridges

    Bridges, highway overpasses, and other elevated surfaces freeze faster than the regular road. They also may not be salted. Use caution when approaching bridges to avoid spinning out of control on black ice.

    6. Avoid Black Ice

    Black Ice is not just found on bridges. It is a layer of transparent ice that makes the road look wet. Drivers can spot black ice when the spray from other vehicles stops. You can also watch for frost on your truck antennae and mirrors.

    7. Brake Slowly

    In winter, accelerate and brake slowly. If the truck is not equipped with an ABS braking system, lightly pump the brakes when you need to slow down. Always remember, a good truck driver shuts down when there is too much ice, snow, or driving winds. 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 get details about Veterans assistance and other financial assistance that are available to those who qualify.
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    Promising Career Opportunities for Welding Training Graduates

    Have you ever dreamed of working for NASA or navigating the ocean floor? A career in welding might just give you the opportunity you’re looking for! Keep reading to learn interesting facts about professional welders.

    A Variety of Career Paths to Choose From

    Welders have the opportunity to choose from a variety of career options. Many welders choose to work in manufacturing or construction. However, professional welders have the chance to work in Underwater Welding, robotics, military support, NASCAR, or NASA. Whether you have a passion for high speed racing or desire to working alongside the military, there is a career in welding for you.

    Opportunities to Travel

    One of the greatest perks of welding is the opportunity to travel to places you may have never been before. Professional welders may work to repair cruise ships or pipe lines, allowing for extended time out at sea and along different coast lines. Additionally, if a welder chooses to work in motor sports, the welder will travel with the pit crew, and have the chance to visit to racetracks in major cities around the country. Lastly, with underwater welding, professional welders have the ability to explore the ocean floor.

    Welders are in High Demand

    The average age of welders is nearly 55 years old. This means that many welders will begin retiring in the next decade or so, opening up many positions for aspiring welders. Additionally, welding techniques are similar amongst most professionals which makes welders very versatile giving them the ability to switch between professions easily. This makes professional welders a hot commodity to employers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, California has the second highest level of employment of welders. This mean that job prospects for welding training graduates looks promising!

    Short, Affordable Welder Training Programs

    A 4-year college degree is not required to become a professional welder. If continued education does not suit your lifestyle, welder training programs may be perfect for you! Advanced Career Institute offers hands-on Welding Training Courses at three California campuses located in Merced, Fresno and Visalia. Welding Training takes anywhere from 24-38 weeks to complete. With the help of ACI, you will be on your way to beginning your new welding career in no time!   To learn more about becoming a professional welder, head over to our California Welding Training Page!