Short Road to Success for the Long HaulBrian and United Truck driving

Written by Jordon Finkelstein
KRA Career Agent

Meet Brian Smith

SAN DIEGO, CA. –  Brian came to San Diego’s South Metro Career Center in November, 2014 to reach his career objective of being an interstate long haul truck driver. He had relocated to San Diego from Montana about a year earlier, and at age 21, realized that “dead end jobs” in construction, recycling and seasonal work wasn’t working for him even though he was working.

As a client at SMCC, Brian was assigned to a KRA Career Agent. “Your truck is your home,” Brian said, and his eligibility allowed him to participate in WIA sponsored truck driving training. Brian’s father and brother are both truckers, mostly cattle haulers in the Lower 48, based out of Montana.

The 6-foot, 4-inch, 220 pound guy with All-American poster boy looks knew that the law requires that drivers be 21 years of age or older in order to drive interstate, and Brian wanted to be in it for the long haul.

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“I would go out on the road with my dad as a kid,” Brian said, “so I know what it is like and what it takes to be a long haul trucker. He helped me develop a real passion for it.”

In approximately 60 days, Brian had turned his life and his career in the right direction. Even before completing the 30 day program at United and acing the DMV test for a Class A Permit that will allow him to drive 68 foot long trailers loaded with up to 80,000 pounds of cargo, Brian was already on the road to being on the road.He was so passionate and energetic during training that he was nicknamed “Montana” by his trainers and peers. He was hired by Werner Enterprise out of Fontana, CA., thanks to a pre-hire recruitment event and his own networking strategies. “I loved everything about it, the training, the people, the school – it was amazing and perfect,” Brian said.

“Brian is the perfect example of what a student should be,” said United’s director Bonnie Trown. “He came in through the San Diego Workforce Partnership and the WIA program and was very motivated.”

So personable, motivated and successful, in fact, that a major national news organization has interviewed and videotaped Brian about his All-American career success, and he will potentially be part of a $4 million advertising/feature spot that is slated to run during the 2014 Super Bowl about American workers.

Now that’s what you call a short road to success for the long haul.

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