Congratulations Steven and Joe: New Skyline Drivers
Skyline is proud to introduce two graduates of our paid CDL training program. Introducing Steven Newport and Joseph Curry.
Steven Newport is from Central Florida, but moved with his wife to Tennessee in 2010. Before making a career change to driving, Steven worked as an auto mechanic, a landscaper and doing factory work. He said driving professionally is something he’s wanted to do for a long time.
“I was in a dead-end job but was waiting for my son to graduate high school. He graduated last year and I thought it was a good time to start a new career.”
Steven began researching companies that offered CDL training in the area and came across Skyline.
“Skyline gives you all the training you’ll need. I don’t know if you can get better training.”
Steven said maneuvering these big trucks is harder than it looks, but his experience pulling trailers in his landscaping days helped him get used to it. He encourages anyone interested in making the career change.
“You are away from home for the week, so as long as your family is comfortable, it seems like a good career.”
Joseph Curry also successfully completed Skyline’s 12-week CDL training program. Originally from West Virginia, Joe grew up hunting, fishing and riding four-wheelers. He worked as a security guard and then in the mines for a bit, and moved to Morristown, TN in 2002.
Joe actually got his CDL a long time ago, but it lapsed. For the past four years, he’s been driving as a yard dog but wanted to go over the road. This past summer, Joe began calling different companies and liked the idea of the weekly home time that Skyline offers, so he enrolled in the program.
“It was awesome. The trainers are nice and you couldn’t ask for a better group of guys to work with. Everyone was patient and it was a really good experience. I’d recommend Skyline’s training program to someone looking for a new career.”
Joe said that once he got on the road, everything came back to him. “It is a little different from when I drove – electronic logs and automatic trucks – but things have changed for the better.”
Joe says the most challenging thing is being away from his wife and kids, however he does enjoy being alone on the road and seeing new things. Joe says he is motivated by his family.
“My son wants to ride with me so badly, he thinks it’s just the greatest thing ever. When the kids are older, my wife wants to go through the training program and maybe we can run teams.”
When he’s not working, you will probably catch Joe fishing. He’s grown up fishing and spends a lot of time on the water.
“I’ve made fishing guides mad before. They’ll pull up beside my wife and I when none of their guests are catching anything and we’re hooking fish left and right. I’ll tell them what we’re using and have heard them say ‘We’re on the wrong boat’.”