Trucking school abruptly shuts doors, leaves students in lurch

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line contributing writer | Tuesday, September 17, 2013

An Atlanta-area trucking school recently went out of business, leaving employees without pay and students without the education they paid for.

According to the Atlantic CDL Training Center LLC company website, the Covington, GA-based driving school went out of business Aug. 12.

“THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT THE LAST FIVE YEARS,” a message on the website reads.

WCGL-TV, an Atlanta TV station, interviewed Atlantic CDL Training Center instructor Glen McClanahan. McClanahan told the station he never received his last paycheck and had no warning about losing his job of nearly six years.

Students at the school who paid more than $2,000 each for tuition also had no warning, McClanahan reportedly said.

“The week that we closed, four of them were supposed to go down and take their CDL test,” McClanahan told WCGL-TV. “So I really feel bad for them because they can’t get anything.”

David Couch, an attorney representing Atlantic CDL Training Center, told WCGL-TV a surety bond had been set up to pay students back for unused tuition. The matter, however, could take months to sort out.

Couch advised students owed money by the school to file a claim with the Georgia Department of Driver Services.

A write-up on the customer review website, yelp.com, touted the school’s ability to quickly help students obtain a CDL.

“In a matter of days, through personal commitment, you could have that Class ‘A’ license,” the review read.

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