By Larry Marsh, Chairman, Member Services Committee
The Member Services committee is primarily responsible for overseeing CVTA’s Instructor Certification Program (ICP) and also overseeing additional programs and services which enrich a CVTA Members’ experience in our Association. Our committee has been doing a lot of work behind the scenes that I think will serve all members moving forward.
Since last year, the Committee has been reviewing our current ICP program’s content and delivery method. While the content is still very relevant, the committee believes that our members deserve fresh content delivered via an on-line format. To this end, we are in negotiations to update the ICP program. Our mission remains to provide our schools and instructors with a first class training program to improve their teaching skills, which embraces the latest content and presentation.
We have asked ten Senior Master Instructors to review the first 10 courses of the prospective new ICP content. Once the instructors complete their evaluation, we will then review the results of the evaluations to determine if this new content should replace our current ICP program. At this point, we are optimistic we have a viable program that will meet the needs of your school and your instructors.
I would like to thank those instructors who have volunteered to evaluate the courses, in advance. It is a time consuming and important job.
Roundtables and Best Practices
CVTA will once again conduct it “Roundtables” session at the Spring Conference in San Juan, PR. For those who didn’t participate last time, the Roundtable are interactive sessions where members get together to engage one another on diverse set of topics. For example, it will ask school, motor carrier, and associate members to discuss a range of subjects from training, marketing, job placement, etc. This was a big hit in Memphis and numerous members told me that it was the best session of the conference. We will again be conducting the Roundtable sessions in San Juan, but it will be slightly more focused.
The purpose of the Roundtables is to identify those best practices and publish these best practices later this fall. Our members have a great deal of expertise and experience to better aid all institutions, training, safety, and most importantly, our students. In this effort, I encourage members, who are willing to lend their expertise, to participate in the creation of the Best Practices. Specifically, the Best Practices to specifically address issues which they are seeing, problems, opportunities, but also ask specific details on the following topics to identify best practices. The topics are:
- Equipment Maintenance
- Safety Awareness
- Community Relations/PR
- Instruction and Assessment
- Career Services/Placement
We are in the process of forming subcommittees to discuss the above issues. If you have suggestions for the committee to consider, or if you are willing to help serve on a subcommittee, please let Don or Cindy know.
During our Roundtable sessions at the Spring Conference we would like to focus a portion of the discussion on three of the nine areas: Instruction/Assessment, Career Services, and Admissions/Recruitment. We will be sending detailed questions so all participants can think through the questions and provide meaningful input.
We look forward to a great conference in San Juan and great ideas from the round table discussions for the “Best Practices”.