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TCA Adds Online Learning Platform Designed for Truck Drivers

March 2, 2015 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News, Safety, Technology

The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) said Truckload Academy — its education and certification arm — is adding a new subscription-based, online learning platform specifically tailored to training professional truck drivers.

Driver Connect, powered by CarriersEdge and KRTS Online Highway, fits the lifestyles of professional drivers, while giving trainers an easy-to-implement educational program. CarriersEdge is the association’s partner in the Best Fleets to Drive For annual survey and contest.

“We are excited to add Driver Connect to Truckload Academy’s offerings so our members and the industry at large have a training solution that utilizes the latest technology,” said Ron Goode, TCA’s director of education. “With drivers being constantly on the move, it is difficult for company leadership to manage their training needs.”

Many educational offerings focus primarily on the information needed to educate the end-user. The Driver Connect platform adds another layer to the training equation — it considers the learning styles of those taking the courses and provides an interactive learning experience designed to engage the driver.

Drivers can log in from their desktop, mobile device or through their vehicle’s satellite to choose from a library of courses, including refresher courses.

In addition, Driver Connect is designed with the trainer or manager in mind. The interface allows trainers to set up and manage driver accounts, assign courses and monitor progress.

Through advanced reporting tools, managers can run and automate reports, track compliance, analyze trends companywide and review individual training status. Testing and assessment tools help managers identify where training has been most effective or where additional help is needed. When a driver successfully completes a course, managers can also print certificates.

Fleet managers attending TCA’s 77th annual convention in Kissimmee, Fla., next week can stop by the TCA Booth No. 915 to talk to an association staff member about the program.