Archive: February 2008 Instructor of the Month
Byrnes & Assoc. , Inc. Names Ron Colburn as Bumper To Bumper Instructor
of the Month for February, 2008
The year 2008
marks the 20th anniversary of Bumper
To Bumper, The Complete Guide to Tractor-Trailer Operations , the
textbook that Mike Byrnes & Assoc., Inc. first published in 1988, now
in its fourth edition. To mark that anniversary, we want to recognize the
people who use that book on a daily basis: the instructors of the finest
truck driving programs around.
Our Instructor of the Month for February 2008, Ron
Colburn, has taught for Lone Star College North Harris, Houston, Texas,
since 2000 but he's been teaching for a total of 18 years. He keeps
his skills sharp through Internet subscriptions and research, bulletins,
newsletters and professional development. When not working, he enjoys
being involved with his family and his grandchildren's activities, and
likes to fish and sing karaoke.
What's your experience in the trucking
I served in the United States
Army for eight years, four as a drill sergeant. In 1978 I became an
owner operator and drove over the road. Six years later I attended the
University of Alabama and became a law enforcement officer. In 1990 I
started my own truck driver training school and became a certified
commercial driver's license tester for the state of Tennessee. My
program was recognized by several carriers as an excellent training
provider. In 2000 I moved to Texas in search of a great school to be
part of and found North Harris College. (ed. note: now Lone Star College
What do you enjoy about being a truck driving school
Making a tangible difference in the life of a person
and their family. I love knowing that I have helped enable someone to
take care of themselves for the rest of their
Describe your biggest challenge educating entry level
Helping students realize the importance of being
committed to class. Encouraging them to make school their first priority
and attending class every day, every
What advice do you like to
give your students to be successful in the trucking industry?
Look, talk and act like
a professional. Always strive to be your best. Be alert, safe and on
time, every time.
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