NAPT MultiView News Brief
April 26, 2011

Special Needs Transportation Training Program: The first graduates in the nation
NAPT
The NAPT Special Needs Transportation training program was created to offer numerous educational opportunities for transportation personnel serving students with disabilities at both local and national conferences, and to gain national recognition for their efforts.

The program has a core curriculum that consists of six special needs courses in a variety of different settings, including a school bus roadeo and a trade show of school transportation products and services. The core curriculum is supplemented by two courses of elective instruction from the NAPT Professional Development Series Program. The syllabus for the core curriculum has been specifically designed to increase an individual's knowledge about transporting students with disabilities.

Congratulations to the following graduates who are the first to complete the program:

J. Renee Davis
Spring ISD in Houston.

Nancy Kessler
Katy ISD in Houston.

Marisa Weisinger
Innovative Transportation Solutions in Houston.

Linda F. Bluth, Ed.D.
Maryland State Department of Education in Baltimore.

Daniel Higbie
Mid City Transit Corp. in Middletown, N.Y.

Carol A.B. Bowes, CSPT
Person County Schools in Roxboro, N.C.

Josielyn Rainey
Prince William County Public Schools in Manassas, Va.

For more information, please visit our website at www.napt.org or contact Brianne Peck at 800-989-6278.More

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