(June 4, 2010 – Littleton, Colorado) - In response to the growing number of hybrid vehicles on roads and streets in the area, Arapahoe Community College has created a new program to give automotive technicians the added skills to work on these hybrids. The ACC Corporate Learning Division will offer classes in hybrid vehicle training beginning June 16.
Students participating will receive a certificate on completion from the ACC Corporate Learning Division. The objective of the course is to teach basic safety for handling hybrid batteries and working with hybrid vehicles. The program is especially for automotive technicians in the western region of the United States wishing to train on hybrid vehicles. The classes will run for 40 hours. To give each student maximum attention from the instructors, class size is limited to 12 students per class.
Learning objectives and hands-on training will include demonstrating safety when dealing with hybrid batteries, describing and demonstrating methods of approaching high-voltage systems, describing how to evaluate whether a vehicle is safe to touch or work on, locating high-voltage wires in hybrids and all other vehicles and converting hybrid vehicles to longer-range electric vehicles.
Classes will be held at the ACC Automotive Department. Class dates are June 16-19 and June 23-26, Wednesday through Friday, from 5-9 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; July 30- Aug. 1 and Aug. 13-5, Friday from 5 to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m-5 p.m.
In August 2009, 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.
The classes cost $299. To register or get more information, call 303.734.3701. The ACC Automotive Technician department is in the Annex Building on the ACC Main Campus, 5900 S. Santa Fe Drive, just south of historic downtown Littleton.