Schneider National’s $6,000 Tuition Reimbursement Program Helps Drivers Launch Careers

Starting a new career requires determination, drive and courage. For the next generation of truck drivers, it also means getting the proper training to earn a Class A Commercial Drivers License (CDL). Schneider National, one of the nation’s largest truckload carriers, is making it easier for students to turn a dream into reality by offering $6,000 for tuition reimbursement to qualified driving school graduates. The program designed by Schneider will cover the full cost of many truck-driving schools and give drivers a leg up as they enter the industry.

“Schneider National’s tuition reimbursement program helps students overcome a big hurdle in starting a driving career – the cost of attending an accredited truck driving school,” said Mike Hinz, Schneider vice president. “Safety – the heart of our core values and the cornerstone of our commitment to drivers – starts with proper professional training.”

To qualify for the tuition reimbursement program, drivers must be hired by Schneider National within 60 days of graduation. Reimbursement payments of $150 are made monthly, up to $6,000 total. Truck driving school curriculum focuses on developing the foundational skills necessary to earn a CDL and is typically completed in four to eight weeks.

Schneider has a range of career options for new drivers in team driving, regional, dedicated, tanker, over-the-road, oilfield and intermodal. After signing on with Schneider, a driver completes one week of classroom training, followed by one to three weeks of on-the-job training with a training engineer. Drivers learn how to use Schneider’s industry-leading in-cab technology as well as state-of-the-art simulation training and advanced over-the-road work. The time spent with a training engineer varies to ensure each new driver is comfortable as a solo or team driver. Drivers receive training pay during this time before moving to mileage pay.

“Training doesn’t end once a driver is hired by Schneider,” remarked Hinz. “We build on the truck driving school program to ensure that drivers are safe and comfortable before going out on their own or with their team partner.

In addition to consistent freight and flexible schedule options to meet drivers’ earnings and time at home goals, Schneider provides an industry-leading compensation and benefits package that includes bonuses based on driver performance. Benefits include medical and dental plans with preventive care covered 100 percent, paid vacation time and paid military leave, and a 100-percent match on the 401k savings plan.

In addition to the Tuition Reimbursement Program, Schneider offers current and former military members a VA-approved Apprenticeship Program. The program pays up to $1,069 per month in a new driver’s first year, in addition to Schneider paychecks.

For additional information about the tuition reimbursement program and career opportunities with Schneider National, visit www.schneiderjobs.com or call 1-800-44-PRIDE (1-800-447-7433).

 

Schneider National Launches Second Annual “The Drive to Dega” Sweepstakes

Whether on the open road or on the racetrack, professional drivers have the determination to go the distance. This summer Schneider National offers access to both paths with the launch of its second annual The Drive to Dega Facebook sweepstakes. Six Grand Prize winners will score tickets and more to Talladega Superspeedway for an adrenaline-filled weekend October 6-7, 2012.

Each of the six Grand Prize winners will receive two tickets for box seats to watch the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races and pre-race stage access, a $1,000 prepaid Visa to cover travel arrangements and other expenses, hotel accommodations for three days and two nights, private round-trip track transportation and more.

To enter The Drive to Dega sweepstakes, entrants can visit Schneider National’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/jobsatschneider) between June 1 and August 31, 2012.

“Like the pros on the racetrack, professional truck drivers average hundreds of miles per haul,” explained Mike Hinz, vice president of Schneider National. “They also share similar concerns: fuel mileage, tire wear and tear, running safe and smart, and being profitable after a hard day’s work. The Drive to Dega is an exciting way for Schneider National to celebrate the drive of these true professionals.”

While moving over 10,600 loads daily, Schneider National has exceptional career paths for professional drivers and truck school graduates. Solo and team opportunities exist for company drivers and owner-operators in Schneider’s Regional, Over the Road, Dedicated, Intermodal, Tanker, Expedited and Oil Field Transportation lines of business. For additional information about career opportunities with Schneider National, visit www.schneiderjobs.com or call 1-800-44-PRIDE (1-800-447-7433).

It’s time to Salute the Women Behind the Wheel!

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The sight of nearly 300 women in red t-shirts at the Mid-America Trucking Show always turns a few heads. The shrieks and hugs from the participants bring a smile to everyone nearby. All female professional drivers are welcome to participate in this year’s event.

The Women In Trucking (WIT) Association is hosting its Third Annual, “Salute to the Women Behind the Wheel,” at the Kentucky Exposition Center (Louisville) on Saturday, March 24, 2012. Doors open at noon in rooms C201-C205 in the upper level of the south wing. Drivers can register at the show at the WIT booth (#40565) in the north wing lobby.

Any woman with a commercial driver’s license is encouraged to attend and is not required to be a member of the association; although they are encouraged to support the nonprofit association as a member. Female drivers can register at the Salute to Women website.

Attendees and their families will be welcomed by the Women In Trucking board members and the sponsors of the event where each female driver will receive a goodie bag filled with gifts. They will also be able to visit with corporate sponsors and meet with the driver advisory committee and accomplished drivers who have reached four million mile safe driving records.

Terry Wooley and Highway Fever will perform before the ceremony and guests will once again enjoy Women In Trucking’s signature chocolate fountains!

This year’s guest speaker will be Joyce Brenny, owner of Brenny Transportation, Inc. and Brenny Specialized, Inc. in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Brenny currently serves as the Chairwoman of the Minnesota Trucking Association and is the first woman to serve in that capacity.
Gold level sponsor representatives from Frito-Lay and Walmart will welcome the attendees and Women In Trucking President/CEO, Ellen Voie, will give an update on the association’s accomplishments.

The Women In Trucking Association hosts the celebration, but the event is funded through the generous support of the following sponsors:
• Gold Sponsors: Frito-Lay and Walmart Transportation
• Silver Sponsors: U.S. Xpress, Inc. and Volvo Trucks
• Bronze Sponsor: McGriff, Seibels, & Williams, Inc.
• Copper Sponsors: FedEx Freight, J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc., Owner-Operator DIRECT, Rand McNally, Trucker Charity Inc., and UPS Freight
• Nickel Sponsors: Airtab®, Anatabloc, Brenny Transportation, Inc. & Brenny Specialized, Inc., J.B. Hunt and Schneider National, Inc.

Women In Trucking (www.womenintrucking.org) was established to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments and minimize obstacles faced by women working in the trucking industry. Women In Trucking is supported by its members and the generous support of Gold Level Partners; Bendix, Frito-Lay North America , Great Dane Trailers, Hyundai Translead and Walmart.

Career Path: “Mission Accomplished”: Schneider National Driver Marks Four Million Accident-Free Miles

Iowa’s Mark DeSotel Reaches Landmark Milestone

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In 1976, Mark DeSotel first got behind the wheel of a Schneider National truck and embarked on the journey toward his own remarkable achievement. He didn’t know it then, but DeSotel’s first accident-free mile would be followed by 3,999,999 million more. In late 2010, DeSotel, a resident of Fairfax, Iowa, became just the third driver in company history to hit four million consecutive, accident-free miles.

Says DeSotel, “When I first hit one million miles, I didn’t think it was that big of a deal. But the closer I got to four million, I started thinking that would really be something! When I learned I hit that number, I felt so good. I told myself, ‘Mission accomplished!’”

DeSotel attributes his safety and success to several factors:

  • “I give myself plenty of time to get somewhere and always make sure I know where I am going. Accidents happen when you are in a hurry or get flustered. Prevent that from happening and you’ll prevent accidents.
  • I take a lot of pride in the truck and take good care of it. When you care about how the truck looks, you are more motivated to avoid hitting something.
  • I look a minimum of three times before completing any maneuver. Never assume anything!
  • I think one in every 10 people are probably having a bad day, so it’s important to have patience.”

DeSotel joined Schneider on the heels of leaving his supervisory position at Quaker Oats. He quickly grew to love his new life on the open road, but marvels at how different the world was at the onset of his career.

“The job was really tough back then,” he reflects. “There were more hand unloads, and when you were ready for a new load, you’d find a row of pay phones and keep one phone in each ear so you’d have a better chance of getting through. Even then, you’d often be on hold for 60 to 90 minutes. Drivers today can’t imagine what the life was like back then. The equipment today is so great that I tell people it’s like driving an orange Winnebago!”

However, DeSotel misses some aspects of the good ol’ days. “Compared to today, there was no congestion on the roadways. You could go to a truck stop, fuel up and let your truck sit at the pump while you ate dinner or took a shower. Today, you wait in line just to get to the pumps!”

DeSotel took a year hiatus from driving in 1979 when he attended flight school in Arizona. When he struggled to find open positions in aviation, he realized the road was where he belonged. “If you’re a good, safe driver, you never have to worry about not being able to find a job in this industry. You can move anywhere, live anywhere and find work.”

Not only did DeSotel keep on trucking from that point in his career on, but he stuck with Schneider the entire time. “I remember early on, Al Schneider told us that drivers were family members and needed quality time at home. It was unusual back then for a company to get you home often. But they did it then, and they do it now. I’m grateful for that, since it allows me time with my wife Linda and my four kids.”

In addition to plentiful time at home, DeSotel has appreciated the financial security that comes with working for the company. “During the most recent recession, I didn’t feel a squeeze because the miles were always there. Schneider does a lot of things right and they just keep getting better at it.”

Travel and yard work keep DeSotel busy during his free time, but he has no imminent plans to retire. “This whole country is a neighborhood for me,” he says. Yet whenever he does choose to call it a day, he knows he’ll have no regrets.

Schneider defines a safe mile as one that does not include a preventable accident. The company annually recognizes drivers who achieve significant milestones related to their number of miles and/or consecutive years of safe driving. Current Schneider driver Bob Wyatt joins DeSotel as the only two current company drivers who have racked up 4 million miles – all of them accident free. There are 31 individuals who have hit 3 million safe miles, 377 with 2 million safe miles and 1,425 1-million safe milers.

Those interested in following in the safety-conscious footsteps of these true professionals by becoming Schneider drivers can learn about opportunities and apply at www.schneiderjobs.com or by calling 1-800-44-PRIDE.

“Mission Accomplished”: Schneider National Driver Marks Four Million Accident-Free Miles Iowa’s Mark DeSotel Reaches Landmark Milestone

In 1976, Mark DeSotel first got behind the wheel of a Schneider National truck and embarked on the journey toward his own remarkable achievement. He didn’t know it then, but DeSotel’s first accident-free mile would be followed by 3,999,999 million more. In late 2010, DeSotel, a resident of Fairfax, Iowa, became just the third driver in company history to hit four million consecutive, accident-free miles.

Says DeSotel, “When I first hit one million miles, I didn’t think it was that big of a deal. But the closer I got to four million, I started thinking that would really be something! When I learned I hit that number, I felt so good. I told myself, ‘Mission accomplished!’”

Mark De Sotel

DeSotel attributes his safety and success to several factors:

•             “I give myself plenty of time to get somewhere and always make sure I know where I am going. Accidents happen when you are in a hurry or get flustered. Prevent that from happening and you’ll prevent accidents.

•             I take a lot of pride in the truck and take good care of it. When you care about how the truck looks, you are more motivated to avoid hitting something.

•             I look a minimum of three times before completing any maneuver. Never assume anything!

•             I think one in every 10 people are probably having a bad day, so it’s important to have patience.”

 DeSotel joined Schneider on the heels of leaving his supervisory position at Quaker Oats. He quickly grew to love his new life on the open road, but marvels at how different the world was at the onset of his career.

 “The job was really tough back then,” he reflects. “There were more hand unloads, and when you were ready for a new load, you’d find a row of pay phones and keep one phone in each ear so you’d have a better chance of getting through. Even then, you’d often be on hold for 60 to 90 minutes. Drivers today can’t imagine what the life was like back then. The equipment today is so great that I tell people it’s like driving an orange Winnebago!”

 However, DeSotel misses some aspects of the good ol’ days. “Compared to today, there was no congestion on the roadways. You could go to a truck stop, fuel up and let your truck sit at the pump while you ate dinner or took a shower. Today, you wait in line just to get to the pumps!”

 DeSotel took a year hiatus from driving in 1979 when he attended flight school in Arizona. When he struggled to find open positions in aviation, he realized the road was where he belonged. “If you’re a good, safe driver, you never have to worry about not being able to find a job in this industry. You can move anywhere, live anywhere and find work.”

 Not only did DeSotel keep on trucking from that point in his career on, but he stuck with Schneider the entire time. “I remember early on, Al Schneider told us that drivers were family members and needed quality time at home. It was unusual back then for a company to get you home often. But they did it then, and they do it now. I’m grateful for that, since it allows me time with my wife Linda and my four kids.”

 In addition to plentiful time at home, DeSotel has appreciated the financial security that comes with working for the company. “During the most recent recession, I didn’t feel a squeeze because the miles were always there. Schneider does a lot of things right and they just keep getting better at it.”

 Travel and yard work keep DeSotel busy during his free time, but he has no imminent plans to retire. “This whole country is a neighborhood for me,” he says. Yet whenever he does choose to call it a day, he knows he’ll have no regrets.

 Schneider defines a safe mile as one that does not include a preventable accident. The company annually recognizes drivers who achieve significant milestones related to their number of miles and/or consecutive years of safe driving. Current Schneider driver Bob Wyatt joins DeSotel as the only two current company drivers who have racked up 4 million miles – all of them accident free. There are 31 individuals who have hit 3 million safe miles, 377 with 2 million safe miles and 1,425 1-million safe milers.

 Those interested in following in the safety-conscious footsteps of these true professionals by becoming Schneider drivers can learn about opportunities and apply at www.schneiderjobs.com or by calling 1-800-44-PRIDE.

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L-3 MPRI Delivers Custom Distracted Driving Lesson for Schneider National’s Fleet of 13,000+ Drivers

Carrier Leads the Industry in Safety-Related Training and Innovation

L-3 MPRI, a global provider of integrated training solutions that include simulation-based training systems, services and training facilities, today announced it has delivered a custom training solution on distracted driving to Schneider National, Inc., one of the largest truckload carriers in North America. The fully interactive lesson, which will be rolled out to Schneider’s fleet of 13,000+ drivers in the first quarter of 2011, is designed to increase driver safety and improve the company’s performance in exceeding new federal safety regulations.

“Distracted driving is a recognized epidemic, accounting for 16 percent of traffic fatalities in 2009, and we are committed to ensuring our drivers and owner-operators are properly trained in the safest operating practices to combat this rising trend,” said Don Osterberg, senior vice president of safety and security for Schneider National. “Based on past successes, we worked with L-3 MPRI to collaborate with, create and deliver a holistic, custom training program to support and advance Schneider’s long-standing core value of safety first and always.

The lesson is designed to play on Schneider’s in-cab mobile computing platform or on a standard Windows® workstation, so it may be completed nearly anywhere and anytime that is convenient for the driver (when the truck is not in motion). Comprised of flash video instruction and three checks on learning exercises, it provides up to 30 minutes of training that can be taken all at once or separated into three topic areas. It will be delivered as part of Schneider’s ongoing sustainment training initiative.

“Schneider is at the forefront of addressing distracted driving, from carrier policies and technology to legislation, regulation and research,” said Dennis Corrigan, senior vice president and general manager of L-3 MPRI’s Training Systems Group. “The company’s decision to employ this state-of-the-art, custom lesson on a mobile platform underscores its commitment to safety-related education and innovation – Schneider is truly a safety leader among carriers.”

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A full range of driver distraction scenarios are detailed in the course, with an emphasis on those most common to truckload drivers. The content features multiple videos captured from one of Schneider’s L-3 MPRI driver training simulators to illustrate events that are difficult to replicate on the road without putting the driver, the rig or others at risk. Also featured are in-cab videos filmed at a Schneider training center.

The curriculum, content and avatar were custom-designed by L-3 MPRI’s instructional system designers to meet Schneider’s specific needs. L-3 MPRI’s experienced trainers employed a combination of computer-based training and video to promote optimum retention and embedded metrics in the system to effectively measure driver performance.

For more information about Schneider National, visit www.schneider.com.

For further information, please visit the company’s website at www.mpri.com.

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