April 21, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
With one "B" Model 1961 Mack tractor and a lot of determination, NTTS was founded 40 years ago by Harry Kowalchyk and William Mocarski. National Tractor Trailer School's first students began training in May of 1971. Originally established in Newburgh, New York, NTTS opened a Syracuse campus in January of 1972. Syracuse proved to be more conducive to its mode of operation. Therefore in December of 1972, the schools merged into one campus located in Syracuse. In November of 1977, NTTS moved to its present location in Liverpool, New York and purchased the facility in May of 1981.
NTTS received its initial accreditation from the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (formerly the National Association of Trade and Technical Schools), in October of 1984, and subsequently became an eligible institution for Title IV funding in March of 1985.
In May of 1989, the school established a branch location in Blasdell, New York. In May of 1990, the Blasdell facility was moved to its current location at 175 Katherine Street, Buffalo, New York. In October 1990, the Buffalo location was accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges as a branch location. Program offerings in Buffalo are essentially the same as at the Liverpool facility. Receiving its Commercial Drivers Course certification in July of 1998 from the Professional Truck Driver Institute, NTTS became part of a unique group of Professional Driver Training Schools in the United States and Canada. In 2010, NTTS signed a memorandum of understanding (M.O.U.) with Fort Drum to offer training to active duty military personnel and other qualified individuals. This M.O.U allows participants to enhance their military and/or transition to civilian careers with a marketable skill that's in demand nationwide.
In the past 40 years, NTTS has trained over 20,000 men and women from all walks of life and educational backgrounds as entry-level heavy truck and tractor-trailer drivers. Well over 600 national and local companies have hired NTTS graduates as local, regional and over-the-road drivers, earning an average of $36,000 - $45,000 their first year plus benefits.
NTTS was instrumental in co-founding several organizations including Commission of Accredited Truck Driving Schools (CATDS), Commercial Vehicle Training Association (CVTA), and New York State Association of Tractor-Trailer Schools (NYSATTS). Among its many trade associations, NTTS prides itself with membership in Association for Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU), Commercial Vehicle Training Association (CVTA), New York State Motor Truck Association (NYSMTA), Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and Women in Trucking (WIT).
NTTS, since its founding in 1971, has dedicated itself to its primary objective: "To screen, train and place qualified graduates into entry-level positions as heavy truck and tractor-trailer drivers. To this, NTTS have been very successful by averaging a five-year graduation rate of over 85% and a job placement rate exceeding 85%, as per annual reports submitted to its regulatory bodies. Since its inception, NTTS has remained under the same name and ownership.
For more information, please contact Harry Kowalchyk, President/NTTS at (800) 243-9300.