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College graduates are facing a poor job market, but one industry
is struggling to meet the demand for skilled employees.
The U.S. Department of Energy has selected Colorado State
University for a $5 million grant to educate the public and train
the workforce about the inner workings of hybrid and electric
Arapahoe Community College is working with the university on the
The grant is one of 48 advanced battery and electric drive
projects announced by President Barack Obama as part of $2.4
billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds.
Nationwide, the program is expected to create tens of thousands
of jobs. The CSU grant alone — part of the “Advanced Electric Drive
Vehicle Education Program” — is expected to create 85 jobs to help
meet a national shortage of trained hybrid/electric technicians and
help rebuild the struggling U.S. auto industry.
Working with the university and ACC on the program are CSU
Ventures, and the Douglas County School District in Colorado, the
Georgia Institute of Technology, KShare, Ricardo, and Motion
Ricardo is a provider of technology and product innovation for
the vehicle industry, and Motion Reality, a pioneer in 3-D
real-time engineering analysis and computer graphics whose
technology received a 2005 Academy Award for groundbreaking work in
all three “Lord of the Rings” films.
“We are excited to work with new partners that will allow us to
remain on the cutting edge of providing innovative curriculum to
our students. This will also allow current and new employees to
benefit from the latest equipment and training in the
hybrid/electric vehicle industry,” said Diane Hegeman, vice
president for Instruction at Arapahoe Community College.
The grant is intended to help create an innovative and
integrated education program that ties community outreach
college/post-graduate level education in sustainable
transportation, namely electric vehicles and their support systems,
according to Gary Caille, director of the Systems Solutions Group
at CSU Ventures.
“This effort also develops electric vehicle safety awareness
education at secondary schools and in engineering education at the
undergraduate and graduate levels,” he said.
For example, many people are unaware that electric vehicles run
on hundreds of volts of electricity, Caille said. The Ford Escape
hybrid uses 330 volts vs. a traditional automobile that uses
roughly 12 volts.
“DOE’s selection of Colorado State illustrates our track record
in working with community partners, businesses and government
organizations to develop real solutions that help solve
environmental problems globally as well as at the local level,”
said Bill Farland, senior vice president for Research and
Engagement at Colorado State in a press release.
“Together, we can build training programs that target the needs
of industry as well as prepare our students — and young people in
high school — on cutting-edge technological advancements.”
The CSU Ventures-led team plans to couple such standard
instructional methods as classroom and hands-on training with
distance learning. A new method, developed by KShare, an online
learning company, individually aligns every student with a diverse
collection of individual professionals who are available 24/7.
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