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Brown's Town College sets up truck-driving school

Published:Saturday | February 2, 2013 | 12:00 AM

BROWN'S TOWN Community College in St Ann is revolutionising educational service delivery in Jamaica, as the institution moves one step closer to opening the English-speaking Caribbean's first-ever truck-driving school following the handover of a Super B trailer on Thursday night by Ed Malysa, president and chief operations officer of Trimac Transportation, Calgary, Canada.

The Super B truck, which was not physically present at the handover at Oceans Eleven, has a pair of trailers with eight axels and can carry up to 42 tonnes at a time.

"It's a very significant programme in the sense that there are no professional truck-driving schools in the English-speaking Caribbean," principal James Walsh told The Gleaner after the handover ceremony.

"In terms of preparing drivers who will be at a far higher level of proficiency in terms of driving skills, in terms of skills in maintaining the truck, adhering to safety and other regulations," said Walsh, "it would be significant in that in a relatively short time, it should result in a substantial improvement in the quality of professional heavy-duty equipment drivers in Jamaica."