“I attended HDS in January to February 2013. The instructors were very thorough and very fun to learn from. We all laughed and had a good time in class learning all the things we needed to know for becoming a professional driver. I learned a lot and took everything in as fast as I could and thanked all the instructors for the great time for learning and teaching us all we needed to know in the short time we had together. I attended my driver training at Stevens Transport at the end of February. I went through a long and very instructive training process. I had a lot of fun doing it though. In September of 2013 I graduated from Stevens Transport OTR Training Program. I was a company driver for about 45 days and went onto becoming a Lease operator in August. I have had a lot of success with my career thanks to all my training at HDS and at Stevens Transport. Thanks to all for a successful career from HDS and the instructors.”
“In late 2009 I [was] looking to start a career as a trucker. I was greeted by AnnMarie Connor. She was very helpful explaining everything and made me feel very comfortable. Before I knew it I was attending the school and had a pre hire letter from DSW. After school was over I was officially hired on as a solo driver with DSW. The process of going straight from the school to a solo driver with DSW was flawless. Within days I was placed with a mentor to start my OTR training. After my six weeks of OTR training was over I didn’t have to wait to get on a truck of my own. The driver managers at DSW were always very helpful and kept me running and making good money. After 6 months as a company driver I made the leap to become an owner operator with the company. Again the process was flawless and was in my own truck in no time. It has been over two years now since I became an owner operator. DSW has always been there if I needed any help. The miles are great and the money is even better. My experience … has been a very positive one. I am a successful owner operator and have a great track record all thanks to everyone … who helped me along the way.”
“I chose HDS because I wanted my CDL. They worked with me every step of the way. Every instructor was willing to help me learn the skills that I needed. Every instructor was kind. Every instructor had something to teach. And every instructor was more than willing to help me. The instructors don’t just pay attention to what you need to know…they pay attention to how long you’re going to be there and the speed at which you need to learn. They tailor to the students needs the best they can. HDS was a big, big help to me. They really helped me achieve my goal.
[Truck driving] is going be the life for me.”
“HDS covered what I needed to know to get on the road and start a career as a truck driver. The instructors are quite knowledgeable. They’ve been truck drivers and know everything that needs to be known to become a truck driver.”
HDS is a wonderful company. It’s helping me to better myself and I’m having a good time learning how to drive commercial vehicles.
“I would recommend this school to anyone looking to get their CDL Class A driver’s license. I was a stay at home mom for 20 years and became a truck driver in a month! The staff and instructors really care about their students. HDS is a first-class institute that has an environment that is conducive to learning how to drive trucks. I had so much fun! I made a lot of wonderful new friends along the way. Now my 20-year-old son wants to attend HDS and become a truck driver himself!”
Steve Tate & Kelli Lyon
“HDS has made all the difference in our lives! We were struggling after a ‘friend’ invited us to help grow his business & ended up leaving us stranded in another state with no way out, but by the grace of God! We were so upset & frustrated that at our age (both in our 50’s) we were not able to support ourselves, always stressed just to make enough income for basic living needs (and many times not even that), & not having any time with each other! Years before we had seriously thought about going to a trucking school, but there was always something stopping us. Now with no jobs, no home, only our car, cat, & few personal effects, we had nothing to lose! We made the calls to different trucking schools & found HDS to fit our needs the best & found out that there was even student loans & grants available to nearly anyone. Finally, it was THE opportunity to become professional team truck drivers together. This was our revelation…it was literally a lifeline to our future! The school put us through our paces, but we took advantage of every opportunity to be there & learn. We didn’t miss a day of school, nor the open houses, & even participated in school potlucks there. Each of us excelled in our own respects & found our own niches. We both took from each instructor massive amounts of information & personal knowledge. We got to know some of the other students in our class & still maintain good relationships with them & the HDS/DSW staff. Toward the end of the class duration we were asked to make a pre-trip video, which they use in current classes today further growing our confidence in our own abilities. It seemed everyone from the accounting department to the director of the school had high hopes for us. We would be stopped daily & reminded that if needed anything to just call or reach out to them & they would be there! Likewise, when we had graduated, everyone celebrated our victories with us! We decided to work for DSW because we both liked the idea of working for a smaller company (with a big heart). We weren’t a number! They made sure we had everything we needed to be successful with daily contact & answer any questions we might have. The higher income immediately helped us. We could see how much the industry needed drivers…especially during COVID times! We even were asked to do some humanitarian work for the Navajo Nation driving medical supplies to Window Rock, AZ. What an honor that was & reinforced our opinion that we work for an awesome company that truly cares! We have grown so much from our hatchling stage a year ago. We are still learning from the road & gain new understandings each & every day we drive striving for excellence & to represent DSW well. Just today, I observed that I earned on my last paycheck as much money as I would’ve made in an entire month of toiling at a minimum wage job that offered no hope of advancing position or rewarding me for my good customer service skills. Along with the fact that my honey & I get to work together, our combined incomes will allow us to finally get married & buy property together. This is the financial freedom we were hoping for! I encourage anyone who loves to drive, see new parts of the country never seen before, and who is willing to step up to a much needed occupation to take this opportunity! You won’t regret it!”
“As a mom of three that are now young adults, I wanted to be the best role model I could. HDS helped me achieve my goal. Not only do I have my CDL, But I have a great job with a large amount of opportunities to grow. The staff at HDS are like family. They are the best and I still go back from time to time to say hi and they still check on their students progress.”