|Jun. 2, 2015|
Several NAPT state association partners offering NAPT PDS courses this Summer
Ontario (OASBO), Arizona (TAA), Virginia (VAPT), South Carolina (SCAPT), Georgia (GAPT), North Carolina (NCPTA), Missouri (MAPT), and Maine (MAPT) provide variety of educational sessions for members
OASBO is offering one NAPT Professional Development Series (PDS) course at their conference in June 2015:
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Title: America's Best Training & Skills Challenge Update
Date & Time: Wednesday, June 17 @ 1pm ET
Presenter: Marshall Casey, America's Best Committee Chair
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Vendor Spotlight: On the spot? Come to the spotlight
Business Partners are special members of NAPT. They provide expertise, products and services to the pupil transportation industry, helping to maintain and improve the safety and efficiency of operations and processes. Knowing who to call when you're on the spot is important.
To help you find solutions, we highlight our business partners in a scrolling logo format on the NAPT homepage every two weeks. Just click on the company logo to find out more.
Featured in our "Business Partner in the Spotlight" section are: American Cooling Technology, Bus Bulletin, Inc., National Joint Powers Alliance, and SoundOff Commercial Vehicle. Their logos will be posted for the next few weeks, so please take a moment to become familiar with the products and services they offer.
American Cooling Technology (www.actusa.us.com) designs and manufactures advanced Air Conditioning systems for buses. From the initial design concept through prototyping and testing to full production ACT is a full service company. The ACT customer support goes well beyond the product shipment and includes application support, product training, after sale support and a complete line of service parts including parts for many other Bus AC suppliers.
Bus Bulletin, Inc. (www.busbulletin.com) is a web-based pupil transportation notification system designed specifically for district transportation departments to improve communication of transportation information. Bus Bulletin provides pre-worded notifications that are sent and received in less than 30 seconds, which enables districts to send timely notifications.
National Joint Powers Alliance (www.njpacoop.org) is a public agency that serves over 50,000 members and offers a multitude of contracted products, equipment and service opportunities to education, government and other non-profit entities.
SoundOff Commercial Vehicle (www.soundoffcvp.com) has provided innovative vehicle safety solutions for the markets they serve for over 40 years. Their rich history, commitment to their customers, and problem-solving design has resulted in an organization that delivers products and services you can trust. More
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