Ray and Sharon Marriott
We would like to take the opportunity to thank Rogue Community College for offering Commercial Truck Driver Training.
We are both considered senior citizens, and therefore have confronted discrimination in the work place. Ray has two BA degrees, one in education and one in sociology, graduate work in applied behavioral science, and over 30 years work experience in these fields, but could not find employment in the private or public sector. Sharon has college studies, in interior design & decorating and social work. She has over 15 years experience as owner/operator of her own upholstery business, yet when she was hired by a local company, they would not pay her the entry wage for this industry.
The training we just completed with Rogue Community College has given us the opportunity to earn a living again, we were pre-hired during your training by Interstate Distribution Co., and fly out of Medford on February 11 for company training. As we have told Don, the college role is to give us the training, and now that you have done your job, we will complete ours, and with Interstate’s program, learn to be the best commercial and professional drivers on the road. Thank you again for giving us a new lease on life.
I begin my 28-day OTR training cycle Saturday afternoon when my Gordon training driver stops in the Medford yard with a load bound for San Diego and I climb aboard. By the end I should have some 12-14,000 miles logged behind the wheel. Pressure is on: this is the real deal.
I’m apprehensive, but I’m taking enormous confidence from the realization of just how good and insightful our OTR instructor Don Hawk is. Thanks to what and how he taught me, I believe I’ll make it through.
There were three others in my initial, 11-hour orientation class Tuesday One hails from Salt Lake, another from Redding, the third from Scotland by way of Australia and Eugene. When we had a few minutes to share war stories, . Only the chap from Salt Lake had any night or mountain driving in his coursework. Where I had the better part of a day on logbook instruction, others had about 15 minutes. Where we pulled a load of 22 tons, one fellow never pulled anything more than an empty trailer. Let’s not even talk about the differences in the number of hours behind the wheel, or the distances traveled on training drives or (gasp) Siskiyou Pass.
When I left the classroom that evening , I called Don at home to say thanks. The day had made it very clear he had delivered a depth and breath of real-world, ands-on instruction that made me ready to move forward with this new career. It’s what got me through a company check ride in an unfamiliar fully loaded rig with no warm-up. It got me through a very detailed orientation about life on the road without feeling lik I had stepped off a cliff into a totally unknown world. It’s what’s given me the satisfaction of knowing I made a good choice to go with RCC; I came out of your program broadly trained and prepared not only to meet the challenges of my new occupation, but the high expectations of my new employer..
My name is Dick Adams and I am the father of Ben Adams who recently graduated from your school. I just want you and the staff to know how I appreciative I am of you, your staff, and the composition of this program.
This program greatly interested Ben and the quality of the program and staff led to Benís successful graduation. Ben was particularly impressed with his instructor Don. Ben has always impressed me with his grasp of a personís character and early on he was telling me stories reflecting his appreciation for Don.
Don captured Benís imagination and gave him lots of confidence that he could succeed in the program. I am very happy to see that Rogue Community College has such a fine program for persons like Ben and am very happy Ben has had the opportunity to learn from an instructor like Don.
From Davis, Adams, Fruedenberg, Day & Galli Attorneys at Law
Mr. Don Hawk has proven to be a very patient, and understanding teacher. He has had plenty of longsuffering and persistence with me as his student. He never once gave up to discouragement, but continued to help me to persevere with my studies on my CSL Class A driving license.
Mr. Don Hawk is a good CDL instructor and a teacher and should be recognized as such!
My thanks and appreciation go to Mr. Don Hawk for his encouragement and confidence in me as a future truck driver.