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  • 9th Annual Toys for Tots Event

    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: larry.helmuth@advanced.edu; office: (559) 651-1978.
  • School Bus Driver Training

    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!
  • Christmas gift idea for truck drivers

    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

    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.
  • Truck Driving in the winter

    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.
  • Professional welders completing their welding training

    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!