Princess Tours Awarded Credit for Commercial Driver Training Program by University of Alaska Fairbanks

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (December 20, 2007) – Beginning in the spring of 2008, employees completing Princess Tours’ Commercial Driver Training Program will qualify to receive three credits for ABUS 267, Transportation and Logistics management, a course in the Applied Business Department from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Princess is the first tour company in Alaska where students can earn university credits by completing the commercial driver training program.

“This achievement is a reflection of the commitment to excellence demonstrated by the high quality of training programs that Princess employees undergo in order to become a Princess Tours Driver-Guide,” said Bruce Bustamante, Princess’ vice president of community and public affairs.

Employees enrolled in Princess’ Commercial Driver Training Programs in Alaska and out of state can register for UAF credit. Students are eligible to receive three credits plus other UAF benefits.

Professor Charlie Dexter, coordinator of the department which houses UAF’s Tourism Certificate and AAS Degree, said, “We are excited for the opportunity to partner with Princess Tours. They are an outstanding and valued corporation, which employs many of our graduates.”

“Princess is proud to be the first tour company in Alaska to offer college credit for our Commercial Driver Training Program,” added Bustamante. “And we are extremely pleased to further our continued partnership with the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, which we consider a vital link to our relationship with the Fairbanks community.”

Michelle Bartlett, Director of UAF Summer Sessions, says she is pleased with this cooperative venture with a leading member in the Alaskan tourism industry. She said, “Public/Private partnerships work well for the whole Alaskan community.”

Over the past 15 years the Princess Tours Commercial Driver Training program has grown from a small training program to a state of the art training school that includes a Web-based manual covering everything from vehicle inspections to safe driving and technical trouble shooting of a motorcoach. Classroom instruction for new drivers includes presentations and training videos all developed and produced by the Princess Tours Driver Safety and Training Department. Achieving the ability to offer credit through UAF reinforces the strong reputation that the Princess Tours Commercial Driver Training program has established within the Alaska transportation community.

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