The TCA’s Truckload Academy Advances Professional Knowledge

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Truckload Academy
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A truck transportation company based in Earth City, Missouri, Tri-National, Inc., offers trans-border shipping services through the central corridor of the United States. Dedicated to staying active within the professional community, Tri-National, Inc., belongs to the Truckload Carriers Association.

The only national trade association for the truckload industry, the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) offers numerous professional advancement and education options through its Truckload Academy. This educational source is divided into four segments: on-demand learning, live learning, certifications, and certificates.

Through the Truckload Academy’s on-demand learning, professionals can access a huge range of courses at any time. They can also watch archived live learning webinars, conference sessions, and free sponsored webinars to learn about a huge range of topics at their convenience. These topics focus on such things as leadership, human resources, and operations. Further, professionals can access the TCA’s Driver Connect training platform to complete online training and testing.

Meanwhile, live learning provides professionals with interactive webinars that focus on specific areas of training. Attendees are given the chance to ask questions of experts in the field and receive answers in real time. These sessions are offered online to ensure professionals have a cost-effective way of improving their education.

Finally, certifications and certificates that the TCA Truckload Academy grant professional designations to individuals. The Academy offers a variety of certification programs, including the Fleet Manager Certification Program and Truckers Against Trafficking program, to ensure professionals have the chance to advance in specific areas relating to their work. Certificates offers similar benefits, but they focus primarily on workforce challenges like recruitment and retention.

Supporting Kids Without Cancer as a Volunteer or Donor

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Kids Without Cancer
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Tri-National, Inc. (TNi) has been operating through the central corridor of the United States for several years. It was formed through the merger of several logistics and transportation companies and now offers a range of truckload services to clients in the US, Canada, and Mexico. In addition to serving its clients, Tri-National, Inc., serves its community by supporting such organizations as Kids Without Cancer.

Kids Without Cancer (KWC) provides financial support for pediatric cancer research at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Karmanos Cancer Institute, and Wayne State University. The organization is entirely run through the support of volunteers and donors.

Given the organization’s need for volunteers, it routinely looks for new people to donate their time. By joining KWC, volunteers are given the opportunity to improve upon their existing skills while also making new friends, improving their resume, and exploring new careers.

Most of KWC’s volunteers fall into one of two categories: those who wish to help on occasion and those who possess specific skills that may benefit the organization. These helpful skills include photography, social media marketing, and writing.

Meanwhile, KWC encourages individuals to send donations online, by mail, or over the phone. All donations are given a tax receipt and they can be made in memory or honor of loved ones. Legacy and planned giving are also an option and can be great ways of supporting the organization with one’s assets instead of income.

The Mission of the Arkansas State Police Foundation

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Arkansas State Police Association
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Tri-National, Inc., is a logistics, warehousing, and transportation company that offers services to clients throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Backed by a senior management team that pools more than a century of experience, Tri-National, Inc., focuses on quality and safety in all its offerings. The company supports several organizations, including the Arkansas State Police Association (ASPA).

The ASPA created the Arkansas State Police Foundation (ASPF) to further its charitable efforts and support law enforcement professionals in Arkansas. The main aim of the ASPF is to help members of the Arkansas police complete their mission to protect human life and property, which the foundation achieves through its provision of equipment, training, and other educational resources that traditional state and federal programs do not offer.

Beyond its continued support of educational programs, the ASPF operates numerous public safety initiatives, including narcotics awareness efforts, safe driving courses, and child seat belt programs to create a safer Arkansas.

Peer Helper Team Trains Student Liaisons for Crisis Intervention

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Kids Under Twenty One
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North American Free Trade Agreement transportation provider Tri-National, Inc., offers a comprehensive array of logistics, trucking, and warehousing services through a seasoned, professional approach. Tri-National, Inc., also supports Kids Under Twenty One (KUTO), a nonprofit provider of crisis-intervention and suicide-prevention services. KUTO’s crisis-intervention efforts include the Peer Helper Team program.

Designed using a teens-helping-teens model, the Peer Helper Team (PHT) trains youth volunteers to become co-facilitators for activity-based workshops that provide peer-helping skills. The program fosters communication and positive interaction between adults and students, in addition to establishing a supportive environment for at-risk youth.

PHT training programs incorporate lectures, role-plays, and other exercises to equip volunteers with the specific helping skills necessary for effective crisis intervention. A series of core components make up the program, including clarifying questioning, expression of empathy, developing assertiveness, and building rapport through attending.

Students who complete the program receive the designation of peer helper, which identifies them as exceptional listeners with a proficiency in helping skills. These students act as liaisons between adults and other students, and serve as complementing gatekeepers for campus professional and administrative services. Issues addressed by the program range from crisis-prevention and intervention strategies to drinking and substance abuse.

Three Truck Driving Safety Tips

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Tri-National Inc.
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A truckload carrier operating in the United States, Mexico, and Canada, Tri-National, Inc., benefits from more than 100 years of collective senior management experience. Tri-National, Inc., stresses the importance of safety, offering numerous awards for driver safety. Here are three essential safety tips for professional truck drivers.

Watch your blind spots: Blind spots in trucks are even larger than blind spots in a car, so be sure to check them often. Blind spots include directly behind the truck, behind the side mirrors, and the front-right corner of the cab.

Stay refreshed: Too many trucking accidents occur on long hauls when a driver is not well-rested. Although it may be tempting to power through the night, be sure you are getting enough rest and exercise.

Look out for bad weather: It is easy to lose control of a truck in bad weather, especially when the roads are snowy or icy. In addition to reducing speed by about one-third, allow your blinker to run longer than usual to give other cars time to react.

Shorter Border Wait Times for C-TPAT Certified Companies

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C-TPAT Certified
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A Missouri-based transportation company offering delivery throughout the United States, Mexico, and Canada, Tri-National, Inc., has won multiple Truckload Carrier of the Year awards from Johnson Controls. Promising its clients uninterrupted service, Tri-National, Inc., is a member of the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT).

Created in November of 2001, C-TPAT is a government-business partnership designed to increase border security. However, companies that are C-TPAT-certified have the potential for shorter wait times at international borders, primarily due to being able to use the Free and Secure Trade (FAST) lanes. They also receive inspection line priority and are less likely to be subjected to Customs Border Protection examinations.

While there are no costs associated with joining C-TPAT, participating companies are required to meet and maintain certain standards, particularly in regard to transport technology. Interested organizations must conduct and document a security risk assessment, detail how they are meeting C-TPAT’s security criteria, and submit an application through its portal system.

The Benefits of Being a Professional Truck Driver

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Tri-National Inc.
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Tri-National, Inc., serves clients in Mexico, Canada, and the central corridor of the United States. Offering a wide range of services, from trans-border shipping to cross-dock operations, the company relies on its employees and leadership to maintain its success. Senior management at Tri-National, Inc., represents more than 100 combined years of experience in the field, and the company’s drivers receive various bonuses, pay increases, and benefits.

Despite the prevalence of truck drivers, many individuals struggle to see the benefits of driving trucks professionally. One of the reasons truck drivers enjoy what they do is the money. On average, they make between $35,000 and $40,000 per year during the first year. Compared to most other industries, this is among the highest average salary for first-year workers. Further, professional truck driving has good job stability. The demand for truck drivers remains relatively stable due to the constant need for individuals and businesses to transport items. Indeed, in the U.S., the trucking industry is rapidly becoming one of the fastest-growing industries in the country.

For many individuals, professional truck driving is most appealing due to its travel opportunities and overall culture. Drivers of both long- and short-haul routes have a great opportunity to see the U.S. Professional drivers often see everything from shorelines and mountain peaks to rural towns. It is a perfect job for those who enjoy exploring. In terms of workplace culture, truck drivers share a unique bond with fellow drivers. For many, being able to stop and interact with fellow drivers is exciting. They get not only to form new relationships, but also to share stories and support one another.