Demetrius Calhoun is the first to admit that he didn’t make the best decisions as a young man. A native of the Rogers Park neighborhood on Chicago’s North Side, he attended Evanston Township High School but dropped out before graduating. A felony conviction for riding in a car where drugs were present marked his life and made finding a good job a lot harder than it had to be.
He worked a low-wage job in a kitchen for eight years before deciding to enroll in the Oakton CDL truck driver training program, offered in partnership with Viking Driving School with convenient class locations in Oakton’s district and a driving range in Elk Grove Village.
“I appreciate that Oakton taught us the right way. As I got far enough along in the program, I met with people from Schneider Transportation, and I was offered a position when I completed training,” Calhoun says.
Now two years after graduation, Calhoun drives to Iowa once every six days, then spends the rest of his time driving in the Chicago area, allowing him to be home almost every night to be with his infant daughter. He plans to continue his education at Oakton and to own a truck so that he can one day run under his own authority.