08/15/2017

 

 



  MCI Academy: First Coach Training to receive ASE Accreditation
 

MCI Academy has become the first Motor Coach Training provider to receive ASE Accreditation.

ASE is responsible for defining the rigorous Continuing Automotive Service Education (CASE) standards. The accreditation validates that MCI Academy's live-instructor and self-study online training meets CASE standards. As the first motor coach industry training institution to win this prestigious accreditation, MCI Academy joins an elite group including 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division, BMW of North America, General Motors Service Technical College, Toyota and Penske Truck Leasing.

ASE is responsible for defining the rigorous Continuing Automotive Service Education (CASE) standards. The accreditation validates that MCI Academy's live-instructor and self-study online training meets CASE standards. As the first motor coach industry training institution to win this prestigious accreditation, MCI Academy joins an elite group including 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division, BMW of North America, General Motors Service Technical College, Toyota and Penske Truck Leasing.

"With this achievement, we join some pretty big names and it's a testament to the quality of the training we provide," said Brian Dewsnup, President of Aftermarket Parts. "Congratulations to (Training Manager) Scott Crawford and our excellent team of technical experts for their commitment in raising the bar in motor coach technician training. The ASE accreditation makes official that MCI Academy is the training destination for any organization in the private and public sectors struggling to bring new hires up to speed quickly or advance the skills of experienced technicians."

In awarding the accreditation, David Milne, president of the Automotive Training Managers Council (ATMC) and executive director of ASE said, "We compliment (MCI Academy) for attaining this level of excellence recognized by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). The automotive community is proud of your commitment to a quality in-service technician-training program."

MCI Academy has built a multifaceted hands-on and online training program to further professionals' skills on multiple coach systems  -  whenever they need it. Live events at MCI Academy's training headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky, include the popular Technical........  READ MORE >

 

  Robert L. Sumwalt III sworn in as NTSB chairman
 

Robert L. Sumwalt III was sworn in as the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) 14th chairman during a brief ceremony.

Robert L. Sumwalt III was sworn in as the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) 14th chairman during a brief ceremony.

Sumwalt’s nomination for a two-year term by was confirmed by the Senate earlier this month. Sumwalt has been serving as the agency’s acting chairman since late March 31 and has been a NTSB member since August 2006.

Acting Managing Director Dennis Jones presided over the ceremony attended by NTSB staff.

"The NTSB is commemorating 50 years of making transportation safer yesterday, today, and tomorrow, and I am humbled and honored to have the privilege of guiding the dedicated men and women of the NTSB as we take on the challenges of transportation safety in the 21st century,” said NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt. "Transportation technologies continue to advance and the NTSB must continue to increase the breadth and depth of our knowledge and understanding of transportation innovations, such as autonomous vehicles, intelligent infrastructure, commercial space transportation, hyper-speed rail, solar-powered planes, and new recording technologies. That knowledge enables us to craft safety recommendations that leverage technology to prevent accidents and save lives.”

Sumwalt tenure with the NTSB began in August 2006 with his appointment as the 37th member of the NTSB, whereupon President George W. Bush designated him as vice chairman for a two-year term. President Barack Obama reappointed Sumwalt to an additional five-year term as a board member in November 2011.

The NTSB has five board members, each nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate to serve five-year terms. By statute, the president designates, with Senate confirmation, a chairman. The president also designates a board member as vice chairman, however, Senate confirmation is not required for the vice chairman. The vice chairman and chairman each serve two-year terms. When there is no designated chairman, the vice chairman serves as acting chairman. Board members whose terms expire may remain on the board until their replacement is appointed.   READ MORE >

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  Transportation Team Preps for School Start With Training Game Show

From School Bus Fleet:

San Antonio ISD’s back-to-school training included a "Family Feud" session with safety questions.

SAN ANTONIO, Texas  -  School transportation staff here kicked off back-to-school training on Monday with a familiar format: the game show "Family Feud."

More than 350 transportation employees at San Antonio Independent School District (ISD) took part in two days of training on Monday and Tuesday. Topics included school bus safety, student discipline, general operating procedures, and risk management.

The training took a creative turn with the "Family Feud" format, which posed safety-related questions to contestants.

 

More than 350 transportation employees at San Antonio Independent School District (ISD) took part in two days of training on Monday and Tuesday. Topics included school bus safety, student discipline, general operating procedures, and risk management.

"It really was neat, as the game board was created in PowerPoint and looked identical to the show, complete with sound effects," said Nathan Graf, senior executive director of transportation and vehicle maintenance for San Antonio ISD.

The transportation staff also showed their team spirit with school bus costumes, which some of the district’s drivers created with cardboard boxes. After the two days of transportation-specific training, the team wore the school bus costumes  -  and waved signs and did a team dance  -  at a district-wide convocation on Wednesday.

At a district-wide convocation, the transportation team wore school bus costumes, waved signs, and won the district’s "spirit stick" award.

The convocation brought together all of San Antonio ISD’s departments and schools, with a total of more than 9,000 employees attending. Even in the massive assembly, the transportation team’s enthusiasm stood out: The department won the district’s "spirit stick" award.

"Everyone is so excited. … Many transportation employees were stopped in the hallway after the event and at restaurants with people coming up to them and congratulating them," Graf said. "The morale of the team is through the roof!"               READ MORE >

 


 

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