ACC Hosts National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day Odyssey

(October 7, 2010 - Littleton, Colorado) - Arapahoe Community College (ACC) will join more than 125 sites around the country on Oct. 15 to host National Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Day Odyssey, a biennial event that promotes the use of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at ACC’s South Lawn and on the Main Building’s first floor.

Hosted by the Denver Metro Clean Cities Coalition and ACC, and sponsored by the University of West Virginia’s National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium, the one-day event is dedicated to promoting cleaner choices in transportation. ACC is one of only three sites in Colorado selected to host Odyssey.

“ACC is leading the way in educating students on alternative fuel vehicles and the important role greener transportation will play in our future,” said Jerry Viola, Director of ACC’s Automotive Technology program.  “We are pleased to invite the community to our campus to take part in Odyssey Day and learn what’s being done in Colorado to promote cleaner choices.”

The event will include vendors from the Denver Metro area who are committed to alternative fuel as well as vehicle displays and educational workshops. Three guest speakers will provide presentations on alternative fuel. At 10 a.m., John Van Bogart will present “A Cleaner, Stronger America;” at 11 a.m., Scott Rill will present “Safety Basics: What You Must Know Before Working on a Hybrid Vehicle;” and at noon, Jerry Viola will present “Going Green with Auto Tech at ACC – A College Degree for the Future Minded Automotive Technician.”

The event is free and open to the public.

In June, ACC announced a new hybrid vehicle training program to give automotive technicians the added skills they need to work on hybrids. Students in the program learn basic safety for handling hybrid batteries and working with hybrid vehicles and earn a certificate upon completion. Last year, the U.S. Department of Energy announced a $5 million grant to educate the public and train the workforce and emergency responders about the workings of hybrid and electric vehicles. Colorado State University was selected to receive the grant. Arapahoe Community College is partnering in this effort with CSU Ventures; the Douglas County School District; the Burt Automotive network; Georgia Institute of Technology; K Share; Ricardo, a provider of technology and product innovation for the vehicle industry; and Motion Reality Inc., a pioneer in 3-D real time engineering analysis and computer graphics.

ACC’s Automotive Technology Program will have seven hybrid vehicles on display at Odyssey.

To learn more about National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day Odyssey, go to http://www.nationalafvdayodyssey.org/. ACC’s Main Campus is located at 5900 S. Santa Fe Drive, just south of historic downtown Littleton.