Guam – Representatives from Guam’s transportation industry and government agencies that deal with transportation “drove” the new Doron Truck Driving simulator today at Guam Community College.
“This is something we really need,” said Leonard Kaae Jr., Head Dispatcher at Black Construction. “We invest so much money in training every year to keep our employees safe.”
Kaae and other Black representatives joined nearly a dozen professionals, including several from KwikSpace, the Department of Public Works, and the Port Authority of Guam, in checking out the simulator, which was obtained by the College through a federal Perkins grant.
[Peter Aguon, Black Construction Assistant Dispatcher, “drives” GCC’s new Doron Truck Driving simulator today during a demonstration at the college, while Nathan Toves (left), Black Asst. Mechanic Shop manager, and Leonard Kaae Jr., Black Head Dispatcher, look on.]
“This training simulator is set to national standards. It’s the correct way to train,” said Gil Yanger, chair of GCC’s Construction Trades Department. “It’s different than the way many of us are used to driving, but this training will translate – meaning you can go anywhere with it,” he told those in attendance, several of whom had trained at GCC years ago.
After training on the simulator, he says students can then train on the real thing – GCC’s new 10-speed tractor-trailer with 20-foot container chassis. The acquisition of the simulator and tractor-trailer has allowed GCC to upgrade two valuable courses, TR210 (Truck Driving), and CT158 (Heavy Equipment Operator).
“These courses are in demand through our Apprenticeship program, and will eventually be part of a truck driving certification program being developed at GCC,” said Yanger. “The courses will allow current and future employees to enhance their technical driving skills in order to be able to meet the demands of Guam’s transportation industry,” he said.
Yanger stated that the next step is to invest in an automatic transmission simulator so that the training can include school bus drivers, tour bus drivers and container yard vehicles at the Port of Guam.The simulator demonstration today timed perfectly with news from Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo’s office that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded GCC $20,124 for a National Summer Transportation Institute Program. The program will expose at-risk middle and high school students to careers in the transportation industry. The NSTI program is one of the nation’s top transportation-focused educational programs, according to Bordallo’s office.
“Our new simulator and tractor-trailer will afford students accepted into the NSTI program a unique view of this profession,” said Dr. Mary Okada, GCC President.
Details of the GCC NSTI program will be available in the coming weeks.