P.C. Automotive Program offers degrees, alternative fuels certificate

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Do you want to continue your automotive training and prepare yourself for the quickly expanding world of hybrid and electric vehicles? Peninsula College has the program for you.


Last year Peninsula College became the first community college in Washington and one of only a handful in the nation to offer an approved, accredited one-year Alternative Fuels Certificate Program.


According to Mike Hansen, Automotive Technology program coordinator and instructor, the program admits 15 students each year. The 45-credit curriculum includes components for vehicles in several categories: hybrid and electric, compressed natural gas, propane, bio-diesel, flex fuel and ethanol-powered. Students also take selected English, A-Math and human development courses.


The program was made possible by a National Science Foundation Automotive Technology Education grant of $150,000. The two-year grant, which started in October 2010, provided $75,000 each year to the college to build the curriculum.


Peninsula College’s Automotive Program also offers two two-year degrees, the AAS and AAS-T, and eight short-term proficiency certificates. The curriculum has been designed to meet the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation standards and has been awarded NATEF certification.


The students who enrolled in Peninsula College’s first Alternative Fuels Certificate Program have comefrom a number of diverse backgrounds, including a disabled veteran with two children; a 27-year-old ex-Navy man originally from Madison, Wis.; a 23-year-old who has been working with cars since the age of 13; and two young women who are looking for an alternative career field where they can advance, be their own bosses and make good money.


For more information on the program, call Hansen at Peninsula College, 417-6540. Certain prerequisites or the permission of the instructor are required in order to enroll.


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