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Great Basin College Offers First CRT Program Great Basin College in Elko NV has become the first truck driving school in the nation to offer its students the Certified Refrigerated Transporter (CRT) Program. This program teaches the basics of how to handle perishable items in transit.

The first class of trainees received certificates May 15, 2000. As participants in the CRT Program, Great Basin's CDL students attended a four-hour class taught by head instructor J M "Steve" Stevenson.

Since Stevenson became head instructor, attendance has swelled from an average of 40 students per year to close to 120. He hopes to acquire a $45,000 simulator soon. Purchase of this simulator would be made possible by a grant for rural development from the United States Department of Agriculture.

The CRT Program was developed in 1998 by the Allen Lund Co Inc. Thus far, more than 300 people have been certified. The company hopes to certify 1,000 by the end of 2000.

For more information, phone 775-753-2124 or 775-289-3589.

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