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The Week in Review
Commercial Vehicle Training Association
December 3, 2013

In This Issue

CVTA Spring Conference
Midwest Technical Institute
Wreaths Across America
Diesel Increases
Hill Update
Maffei visits NTTS, NY
Highway Funding
Social Media to Recruit
Small Business Saturday
Self-driving Trucks
Reminder - CDL/Med Merger
Reminder - Art Contest
Reminder - PTDI Webinar
Member Benefit
J.J. Keller
Helpful Health News
Tap on the Glass
Vol. 112

Are You Ready for the Next Great Adventure in Your life?
  by Michael Darling

Well believe it or not, you are already living it - but you probably aren't experiencing it as such. This isn't simple physics and other forms of science. I am talking about the way you change. Most folks believe that arduous labor is required to change your Mindset from where it is now to where you want it to be, but we have come a long way - we have actually evolved our conscious ability to change in significantly easier ways. This will make sense to you once you understand the underlying principles in making change... Continue Reading 

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CVTA Spring Conference will be in Saint Petersburg, FL on April 23-25, 2014 at the Hilton Saint Petersburg Bayfront
CVTA Welcomes Its Newest Member!
Diesel Takes Second Straight Increase; Gas Sees First Drop in 3 Weeks - Diesel's national average price rose for a second straight week, gaining 3.9 cents to $3.883 a gallon, the Department of Energy reported Dec. 2. Gasoline fell 2.1 cents to $3.272 a gallon... Continue reading
Hill Update - Dec. 3, 2013 
  • S. 1773: A bill to amend the Truth in Lending Act to provide for the discharge of student loan obligations upon the death or disability of the student borrower, and for other purposes.
  • S. 1682: Veterans Education Counseling Act of 2013.
Congressman Maffei visits National Tractor Trailer School, Liverpool, NY - On Tuesday, November 26, 2013, Congressman Dan Maffei and his staffer, Andrew Deluca, were welcomed by President Harry Kowalchyk, Vice President William Mocarski and Enrollment Director Kimberly Sather. The Congressman and his staff... Continue reading
Congress Urged to Act On Highway Funding - Congress no longer can put off finding a long-term solution to U.S. infrastructure needs without risking that the nation will slip behind global competitors, several industry leaders said Nov. 21 during... Continue reading
How Fleets Use Social Media to Recruit, Retain Drivers - Charles Duhigg's best-selling book, "the Power of Habit," explains a simple scientific equation of habit formation that is pre-programmed into our brains: cue, routine, reward. This "habit loop" occurs so frequently and naturally that it might be easy to miss... Continue reading
Obama Administration officials mark Small Business Saturday - [From DOT Secretary's Blog] Welcome back from Thanksgiving and a long weekend of themed retail days. As you can see below, I got "Small Business Saturday" started on the right foot this year. And I wasn't alone at the Charlotte Running Company; a lot of... Continue reading
Self-driving Planes, Trains, Trucks Will Lead Supply Chain Redesign - Are robo-trucks already taking drivers off the road? It's a possibility, though an indirect one, suggests Fred Andersky, director of government and industry affairs for Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems. And truck-driving jobs won't be the only ones impacted by technological changes coming to the supply chain... Continue reading
Reminder: CDL/Med Card Merger: The Deadline is Near - An important deadline is just around the corner for CDL drivers and their motor carriers. As of Jan. 30, 2014, all CDL holders must have supplied information about the type of driving they do (self-certify) and the status of their medical certificate/card to their state driver's... Continue reading
Reminder: National "Be Ready. Be Buckled." Kids' Art Contest - Rules and Entry Form - The annual Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Safety Belt Partnership "Be Ready. Be Buckled." art contest for children with a relative or sponsor in the truck and bus industries in grades K-6 (ages 5-12) runs through Friday, February 28, 2014! The awards ceremony is held in conjunction with the... Continue reading
PTDI Presents... Communication Skills for Effective Driver Training Webinar - Save the Date: Thursday, December 19th at Noon. For More Information
Member Benefit - Members receive discounted Online Training for school administrators, faculty and staff with a Member VIP Code. Each course is facilitated by a career college expert, self-paced, and offers 4 hours of continuing education credit. Not a member? Contact your association to join today.
Trivia Question

The Sea of Tranquility is located ______ .
  1. in Washington state
  2. in the Ukraine
  3. in the Arctic
  4. on the moon 
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Answer to Trivia Question

The Sea of Tranquility is located...

Answer: on the moon. It doesn't have any water, of course.
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