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The Crucial Role of Training in Professional Growth

Autumn is here, and it’s time to mark your calendar for two exceptional school transportation conferences that promise to enrich your knowledge, expand your network and inspire innovation. These events are vital for professionals and organizations that seek to stay at the forefront of the school transportation industry.

In case you haven’t heard, the return of the NAPT Conference is set to take place in Columbus, Ohio, later this month, following a three-year hiatus. Themed “A Universe of Solutions,” this conference promises a wealth of exciting opportunities. Attendees can look forward to engaging in the revised Professional Development Series (PDS), interactive discussions covering pertinent industry topics and numerous networking events. Make sure to pay a visit to School Transportation News booth #710 at the trade show to meet with our team and connect. And check out our Q&A with NAPT Executive Director Molly McGee-Hewitt at stnonline.com.

Also, the Transporting Students with Disabilities & Special Needs (TSD) Conference is slated for Nov. 15-20 in Frisco, Texas. This event presents a unique opportunity for attendees to immerse themselves in the realm of special needs training and technology. Expect an impressive lineup that includes three keynote speakers, an array of over two dozen workshops and panel discussions led by distinguished experts across various fields of expertise, a team roadeo competition, and an exciting new addition—the Special Needs Ride & Drive Experience on Thursday evening, Nov. 16.

By participating in the TSD Conference, individuals can explore the latest trends and best practices in transportation support for children with special needs, equipping themselves with invaluable insights that can catalyze personal and professional growth. Moreover, the opportunity to draw inspiration and motivation from accomplished peers and experts is a compelling reason why conferences like TSD hold immense appeal for attendees.

“I experienced a lot of value connecting with peers at the TSD Conference in the past,” said Jennifer Vobis, the executive director of transportation for Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nevada. “Attending conferences and leadership training programs like this one can offer numerous benefits to individuals and organizations. Training programs provide an opportunity to gain knowledge, learn new skills and network with like-minded individuals. The conversations and connections I have made during the sessions, networking events and trade show are invaluable.”

Active participation in trade shows and networking events offers individuals the chance to familiarize themselves with cutting-edge technology and forge impactful business partnerships. One of the primary expectations when attending a conference is the opportunity to network with fellow attendees and collectively brainstorm innovative solutions to the most pressing challenges. Engaging with trade show exhibitors is pivotal for bridging the gap between operational strategy and the pivotal role technology plays in our ever evolving industry.

In addition to the professional advantages, conferences offer an enriching and enjoyable experience. They serve as a unique opportunity to rekindle old friendships and nurture new relationships. These connections are of utmost importance, particularly for those with a keen interest in broadening their professional network and forging new connections within their industry. Networking possesses the remarkable ability to unlock doors to fresh opportunities, ignite creativity for innovative problem-solving and cultivate productive collaborations and partnerships. Ultimately, these relationships can yield mutual benefits, enriching both the attendee and the organization they represent.

I want to extend a personal invitation to you to register for the TSD Conference in Frisco, Texas. Please visit our website at tsdconference.com for event details. Participating in conferences and leadership training programs presents a wealth of advantages for both individuals and organizations. These events offer a platform to acquire fresh knowledge and skills, connect with fellow professionals, and draw inspiration and motivation from accomplished speakers. If you’re an individual seeking professional growth, attending conferences and trade shows can be an invaluable investment in paving the way for your future success. Wouldn’t you agree? I hope to see you this fall or at a future STN conference. Keep growing and training every day!

Editor’s Note: As reprinted in the October 2023 issue of School Transportation News.


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