Shutdown of R.I. training programs could have lingering effect

PROGRAM PARKED: Brian Palmer is the director of training for the Teamsters Local 251 Driving School, which offers commercial driver’s license certification training through a partnership with Real Jobs RI. The program has been temporarily shuttered due to the COVID-19 pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY
PROGRAM PARKED: Brian Palmer is the director of training for the Teamsters Local 251 Driving School, which offers commercial driver’s license certification training through a partnership with Real Jobs RI. The program has been temporarily shuttered due to the COVID-19 pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY
You can’t learn to drive a tractor-trailer over Zoom. Which is why the Teamsters ­Local 251 Driving School, which offers commercial driver’s license certification training through a partnership with Real Jobs Rhode Island, shut down the program in mid-March, according to Brian Palmer, the director of training for the Teamsters. Palmer backed the decision to…

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