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Growing the Trucking Industry, One Student at a Time


When looking for quality CDL-A truck driving schools at an affordable price, there are few that compare to Millis Training Institute (MTI), owned by Millis Transfer. The company opened its first trucking school in 1989 and since then, it has added four more facilities. “A lot has been invested into the Millis Training Institute over the last two decades,” Reid Ransom, Director of HR & Recruitment at Millis Transfer, says. “Because of that, we don’t train for other companies and we don’t hire from other schools. We are solely focused on developing brand new drivers who have the utmost respect for safety and professionalism.”

For those who choose MTI, the curriculum is based on a convenient classroom to road instruction model. Training usually lasts between five to eight weeks during which students are paid for every mile driven with a trainer. Prior to that, time is spent in a classroom with professional, seasoned instructors. Upon graduation, the opportunity to work as a driver at Millis Transfer may be extended. New drivers are guaranteed to earn $50,000 their first year if they meet the fleet average of 115,000 miles.  

The philosophy at MTI begins with the idea that a truck is a tool. Students are started off slowly and progressively learn transportation laws, safety procedures, all facets of the truck and trailer, and ultimately how to manage loads, deliveries and schedules. Trainers work with students every step up the way until they test for their own truck.

Growing the Trucking Industry, One Student at a Time

When it comes to cost, the company offers affordable tuition and convenient financing. When students apply, they are required to give $100 to hold a seat. On the first day of school, the additional $400 is due. An additional $1,840 is financed through the company.

Students who attend the school are paid well. We start them at 42 cents a mile. They make around $1,100 per week during the training period,” Ransom said. “We spend a lot of time teaching them everything we can. After working with us for one year, students pay nothing else.

So why choose MTI?  A guaranteed salary of $50,000 after the first year is not found anywhere else.  Millis Transfer drivers also enjoy awesome perks and beautiful equipment, but it is the company culture that is invaluable, especially to new drivers starting off in their new careers.

“New drivers are usually astounded by our driver managers. The people who work at Millis Transfer all go out of their way to help newcomers,” Ransom said. “Our company offers a lot of flexibility and stability. Through good times or bad, we have always been ahead of the curve.  And we still remain family-owned after 82 years. You can’t find that level of dedication and passion at the average carrier or training school.

Growing the Trucking Industry, One Student at a Time

About Millis Transfer

Millis Transfer, Getting It There Since 1936, has an impressive service record earning dozens of “Carrier of the Year” awards and is also a Certified Top Pay Carrier with some of the best equipment on the road. For more information on how you can earn your CDL-A license with Millis Training Institute, please visit www.millistransfer.com, www.mtidriving.com or call 1-800-937-0880.


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