Alpine takes truckers to new heights

Jack Lochand of Alpine Truck Driver Training with their big rig. Gerald v. Paul photo.
Jack Lochand of Alpine Truck Driver Training with their big rig. Gerald v. Paul photo.

In a Caribbean version of the journey to success a father who travelled the world and even swam in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean is teaming up with his daughter to keep that momentum by training truck drivers.

Shellisa Rohoman-Bridgelal of Foxy Industries and radio personality fame is teaming up with her dad, Jack Lochand, to create Alpine Truck Driver Training at Unit 10, 595 Middlefield Rd. in Scarborough.


And on Saturday, June 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. they’ll hold their Driving is Next to Living Expo.

Rohoman-Bridgelal, the campus administrator who also knows how to drive a big rig, is of Guyanese heritage and said, “Our goal is simple, to help you – from the Caribbean, including Guyana or Canadians – to reach your goal.”

Alpine is the name her dad chose after having visited the Alpine area in Europe.

A plaque on the wall from Challenger, one of Canada’s large carriers, reads, “To the Graduates of Alpine Truck Driver Training: Continue to provide the quality and consistency we strive for in our new driver hires. The comprehensive program and specialized truck training this school has to offer has been a national fit for the seamless entry into the Challenger Training Program.”

With comfortable, well-lit classrooms, the school is a registered private career college, a City of Toronto social service-approved provider, and WSIB approved provider.

Alpine, a member of the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario, displays an Ottawa Citizen clipping under the headline “Canada needs 50,000 new truckers”. Alpine offers job placement assistance and advises grads on resume preparation and job interview skills.

She said the school plans an Alpine Career Fair where individuals are invited to check out their location, meet the team and learn about the programs and if they qualify for funding.

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