Princess Tours Offers Students College Credit for Learning to Drive

    Commercial Driver Training Program Prepares Students for Alaska Summer

    FAIRBANKS, Alaska, March 25 /CNW/ -- Every year Princess Tours offers
students an opportunity to prepare for summer jobs in Alaska by completing a
Commercial Driver Training Program that qualifies them to guide visitors
throughout the state in the company's deluxe motorcoaches.  This year, a new
benefit also gives them college credit through the University of Alaska
Fairbanks for completing the program, which can be transferred to schools
    Beginning this spring, the employees participating in the training
program will qualify to receive three credits for ABUS 267, Transportation and
Logistics management, a course in the Applied Business Department from the
University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF).  Princess is the first tour company in
Alaska where students can earn university credits by completing the commercial
driver training program.
    Program students prepare to become Princess Driver-Guides who provide
tours for visitors on various routes throughout Alaska during the company's
Alaska summer season which begins May 4, 2008.  Driver guides often also
provide narrative information to guests to give them more appreciation of the
state's many attractions.  They also learn basic maintenance and mechanical
    "We're so pleased that The University of Alaska Fairbanks has recognized
the high quality of our driver training programs by deeming them worthy of
college credits," said Bruce Bustamante, Princess' vice president of community
and public affairs.  "And we're very proud to be the state's first tour
company to offer college credit for such a program.  This new element gives
students an additional benefit as they train to become Princess Tours
Driver-Guides, and it further demonstrates our commitment to the excellence of
this program."
    Employees enrolled in any Princess Commercial Driver Training Programs
can register for the class.  Students are eligible to receive three credits
from UAF, a nationally accredited university, plus other UAF benefits.  The
credits are fully transferable, giving students who attend other universities
the opportunity to benefit from the program.
    Professor Charlie Dexter, coordinator of the department which houses
UAF's Tourism Certificate and AAS Degree, said, "We are excited to partner
with Princess Tours.  They are an outstanding and valued corporation, which
employs many of our graduates."
    Over the past 15 years the Princess Tours Commercial Driver Training
program has grown from a small training program to a state-of-the-art school
that includes a Web-based manual covering everything from vehicle inspections
to safe driving and technical trouble shooting of a motorcoach.  Training
programs are offered throughout Alaska as well as in Rexburg, ID, Provo, UT,
and Bellingham, WA.  Classroom instruction for new drivers includes
presentations and training videos all developed and produced by the Princess
Tours Driver Safety and Training Department. Achieving the ability to offer
credit through UAF reinforces the strong reputation that the Princess Tours
Commercial Driver Training program has established within the Alaska
transportation community.
    To learn more about the Commercial Driver Training program and Princess
Tours careers in Alaska, visit
    About Princess Cruises and Tours:
    One of the best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises is a global
cruise and tour company operating a fleet of 16 modern ships renowned for
their innovative design and wide array of choices in dining, entertainment and
amenities, all provided in an environment of exceptional customer service.  A
recognized leader in Alaska cruising, its Princess Tours division is Alaska's
largest cruisetour company, operating five riverside wilderness lodges, a
fleet of deluxe motorcoaches and luxury rail cars.  The company's cruisetour
packages combine exploration of Alaska's interior with a cruise through some
of the most spectacular scenery in the state.
    Princess Cruises and Tours is part of Carnival Corporation & plc
    Princess Cruises is a proud member of World's Leading Cruise Lines.  Our
exclusive alliance also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America,
Cunard Line, Costa Cruises and The Yachts of Seabourn.  Sharing a passion to
please each guest, and a commitment to quality and value, our member lines
appeal to a wide range of lifestyles and budgets.  Together we offer exciting
and enriching cruise vacations to the world's most desirable destinations.
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