Jerald Johnson is a recent CDL training graduate and is currently employed with Davis Dozer in Norman, OK.
"With all of your help and all of the Choctaw Nation I was able to start a new career as a truck driver. There was a lot of material to study for safety, mechanical and driving an 18 wheeler. It just took a lot of studying all of the material to pass each written test one at a time.
I had never pulled or backed a 53ft. trailer or driven one on the road. The instructors at American Truck Training were very patient and very good at teaching me how to drive the truck correctly and safely.
I went to school some weekends to help prepare for the DOT testing. After a lot of hard work I passed the pre trip inspection we have to do. The test for backing the trailer in all types of real life situations and out on the road in all types of city, Hi way roads.
After about a month on my new job I am feeling pretty confident. Everyday I learn something new, so I know I still have a lot to learn. They are pleased with the job I am doing. They are teaching me something new every week.
Again I thank you all very much for your support and the financial help!"
Five Things to Know about Your Credit Report
Eileen St. Pierre, The Everyday Financial Planner
Your credit report serves as a financial record on your road of life.To keep you straight on your path, check your credit report annually.You can get a free copy every 12 months from the three credit reporting agencies (Experion, Equifax, and Transunion) at annualcreditreport.com or by calling 1-877-322-8228.Checking your credit report allows you to catch identity thieves early and correct errors that can lead to incorrect lending decisions.Read more.
Don't let your less-than-stellar credit score get you down. Instead, check out these 5 crucial steps to raise your score:
1. Monitor your credit. You can't boost your credit score if you don't even know what it is, much less why. In order to make improvements, you need to know your credit scores and learn more about your credit history and the accounts that affect it. The top credit monitoring services not only provide you with your 3-bureau credit report and scores for free, but they also monitor your credit daily and alert you of any changes. This will help you get educated about your credit and protect you from identity fraud, which can be detrimental to your score. On top of providing you with your personal credit information, many of these services, like Identity Guard, for example, offer personalized "what-if simulators" that will estimate how your credit scores might improve if you took various actions. Not only that, but they explain how certain items in your credit history have positively or negatively affected your score. Read more.
The 2014 Career Expo was held on February 26th at the Southeast Expo Center in McAlester, OK. 2,000 were in attendance including high school students, job seekers, and technology center students. Over 140 booths were filled with employers and training facilities looking to meet with interested attendees.
Many interactive displays were on-hand, these included: robot races, welding simulator, Botball, rainfall simulator, emergency response simulator, and much more. Students were given the opportunity to explore career options through
a Career Exploration Scavenger Hunt.
Congratulations to Anothony Hernandez, the winner of the Scavenger Hunt and an IPAD Air!
A new component introduced at this year's event was the Veterans Resource Center. This center was highly attended by local veterans looking to convert military experience into job skills employers are needing. The resource center proved to be a valuable asset to all who utilized the services available.
What to Expect During a Job Search
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Today's job market is different from the past. Since you probably will look for a job in the next few years, knowing what to expect will work to your advantage. The points below will help.
It may take a long time. Applicants often look for months before finding a job. This means you should prepare to search long before you actually need to be employed.
You might need to send a lot of applications. You'll apply for many positions before you get interviews and offers. Many job hunters would consider you lucky if you get a job after 20 applications.
You'll be lucky to get rejections. Employers often don't respond to candidates after they've been rejected. This means you should look rigorously for other jobs while waiting for a call back.
You'll apply online, mostly. Many companies use electronic applications and require you to enter information from your r�sum� into their systems. This can be tedious, but giving complete and accurate information is the key to potential employment.
It's hard to get someone to take a chance on you. Employers often don't risk hiring an inexperienced applicant when they have so many experienced candidates to choose from. That makes your internship experience extremely important.
The good news: Employers still want the best-qualified candidates. They look for the basics: a strong r�sum�, a cover letter that captures their interest, and a candidate who demonstrates excellent employability skills.
Adapted from U.S. News and World Report by Alison Green.
5 of the Best-Paying 2-Year Degrees
For those who want an education but need to enter the workforce quickly, an associate's degree can be the ideal solution.
A 2010 report by the President's Council of Economic Advisors - entitled
Preparing the Workers of Today for the Jobs of Tomorrow
- notes that the fastest-growing occupations are those that require education beyond high school. However, a traditional four-year bachelor's degree is not necessary to enter many of those fields.
A two-year degree, such as an associate of arts (AA), associate of science (AS) or associate of applied science (AAS) is often enough to enter a secure and lucrative profession. In fact, some of the highest-paying two-year degrees can allow you to earn more than many bachelor's-degree holders. Here are five of the best-paying two-year degrees:
1. Health Information Technology Associate's Degree: Professionals in the health information technology field keep patient records, code those records for insurance purposes and issue bills to the appropriate parties. An associate's degree is the standard for entering the field, but make sure the program you attend is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
Average Pay: $25,000 - $54,555 annually*
Job Growth: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates indicate that health information technology jobs should grow by 20% through 2018. This pace is faster than the average of all other occupations.**