The Value of NAPFTDS: Members Speak Out
“Membership in NAPFTDS provides a number of unique benefits for public schools with truck driver training programs. The opportunity to compare our program with others across the country is a very important resource. Membership in the Association provides access to the most current training materials, methods and tools. Also extremely valuable is the information regarding upcoming legislative issues and the Association’s ability to represent the member schools’ positions on these issues. We are able to learn about various sources of funding for our programs and have contact with and input from sponsors who are potential employers of our graduates. NAPFTDS membership is truly an asset for our CDL program."
Maury Tiehen, Associate Professor and CDL Program Coordinator, San Juan College,
in Farmington, New Mexico
"The Association provides inexhaustible resources to each member keeping them abreast of current events of the trucking industry. The willingness of members to share their vast experience and expertise gives members schools a unique advantage. Houston Community College Commercial Truck Driving Program has benefitted greatly from its membership of the Association, from years of valuable information acquired as an active member to the beneficial relationships that have been formed with industry, other educational institutions, regulatory and related truck driving organizations."
Martin Garsee, Program Director, Houston Community College,
in Houston, Texas
“Oconee Fall Line Technical College (merge as of July 1, 2011, Sandersville Technical College and Heart of Georgia Technical College) has been a member of NAPFTDS since 2005 and is located in Central Georgia. The students who come to us for Truck Driver Training have enjoyed years of free tuition provided by funds from the Georgia Lottery known as the HOPE grant. Early in 2011, due to budget constraints our funding was drastically diminished. We have had to not only restructure programs, but have had to look for alternative funding to serve our students. The member schools of NAPFTDS from around the country have been an invaluable asset to us in these tough economic times. These schools have procedures and resources in place that have helped us with our challenges. At every meeting among our Georgia peers some information relevant to our training is always discussed that was obtained through our association with NAPFTDS.”
C Williams, Dean T&I\Transportation, Oconee
Fall Line Technical College
in Dublin and Sandersville, Georgia
"Pinellas Technical Education Center has had the opportunity of being a member of NAPFTDS since 2005 and currently serving a 2 year term as a board member. Through the regional and national conventions of the Association, networking with many other member schools from across the country has been invaluable. As a result, Pinellas has been able to collaborate with other schools regarding curriculum and methodology, as well as facing today's issues. Despite the uniqueness of our experiences, we discovered our mutual love of teaching and shared the ideals we uphold within the industry. In addition to networking with other industry associates, I have been able to meet and introduce my team members to leaders and decision-makers within the industry. Through this Association we have been able to voice our concerns regarding regulatory issues and in some cases, impact and influence decision-making. The value of being a member of the Association has benefited our students, instructors and school by enriching the way we instruct and do business."
Kingsland, Commercial Vehicle Instructor, Pinellas Technical Education Center
in St. Petersburg, Florida
"It is a pleasure to network with a group of schools that share best practices, participate in regulatory issues and has access to the latest technology and resources to train new drivers in the industry. Everyone shares the common goal of providing highly skilled drivers in the industry and long term employment to their students."
- Ken Smith, Driver Recruiter Manager, Schneider National