The latest group of pupil transportation professionals to complete the National Association for Pupil Transportation’s (NAPT) Special Needs Transportation Training Program hail from Colorado and Tennessee.
Nancy Storti, a trainer with Douglas County Schools in Parker, Colo., completed the program, and Lisa Vasquez with Denver Public Schools also achieved this recognition.
In Commerce City, Colo., Patricia Dorado, a school bus driver with Adams County School District 14, completed the program.
On the other side of the country, in Arlington, Tenn., Shelby County Schools Transportation Supervisor Anita Swindle achieved this recognition.
The NAPT Special Needs Transportation Training Program provides transportation personnel serving students with disabilities with access to educational opportunities 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 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 specific knowledge about transporting students with disabilities, officials said.
Last month, six other people from operations in Colorado and one person from South Carolina completed the program.