The Professional Truck Driver Institute has expanded its list of North American truck driver training schools offering PTDI-certified courses, including two new ones in Ontario and two in the U.S.

The new schools receiving course certification are the Acadian Campus of the Louisiana Technical College in Crowley, La., the All-State Career School in West Mifflin, Pa., and the Ontario Truck Training Academy in both Oshawa, Ontario, and Peterborough.

"LTC Acadian Campus is the only truck driver training program in the state of Louisiana with this credential," said Pat Miers, campus administrator and assistant dean at Louisiana Technical College's Acadian Campus.

Paul Bulick, director at All-State Career School, has been working towards the certification for the last three years. "We have over 100 students in our program right now, and we plan to add another 15 to 20 percent," he said. "PTDI will help us do that because it gives our program credibility and our students are becoming more aware of the benefits of attending a PTDI-certified course."

Tanya Cullaton, sales and marketing coordinator at Ontario Truck Training Academy in Oshawa, had similar sentiments. "We hand out insurance documents that promote PTDI so that prospective students see the benefits and results in black and white," she said.

PTDI also recertified several programs for five years, including Des Moines Area Community College Transportation Institute in Des Moines, Iowa, Professional Drivers Academy in Milton, Pa., Northampton Community College Driver Training Program, based in Tobyhanna, Pa., and KRTS Transportation Specialists in Caledonia, Ontario.

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