With over 30 years of experience in CDL training, Roadmaster Driving School has 22 locations across the United States and has trained over 160,000 graduates. Its location in Columbus, Ohio has been open since 1995 and provides hands-on CDL training so students may develop real-world truck driving skills and earn their Class A CDL license. As a valued member of CVTA, in many ways Roadmaster exemplifies top-quality training our Association is proud to represent.
Amanda Whittington has worked at the Columbus location for 16 years and became the School Manager after working her way through various departments. Not only is Amanda CDL certified, but she is also from a family with deep ties in the industry, including her father who was the School Manager at the Columbus location in the past. She runs an impressive campus, which generally enrolls approximately 10-12 new students each week and keeps 15 trucks on site.
When asked what sets her school apart, Amanda explained that the quality of equipment used in their training is something she is particularly proud of. She also noted that her instructors are working directly with students 99% of the time, are carefully screened, and work hard to provide the best training possible. She explained that she often imagines her teenage daughter on the road and wants every trucker who graduates from her program to be someone she would feel comfortable driving next to her family. “My only goal is that [my students] get home safely to their families and that everyone on the road gets home safe to theirs,” Amanda noted when asked about their process.
Despite the challenges currently facing the industry, including a shortage of trainers and burdensome regulations, Amanda explained that her job is always rewarding because it provides a huge salary bump for a lot of folks who are looking to enter the field. She stated that she couldn’t imagine doing anything else and that she’s immensely proud of her location’s growth, experience, and quality of training.