Glendale Community College students pursuing an associate’s degree or certificates in automotive technology will now have extra hands-on experience with the ability to train on an electric Ford Focus donated by SRP.
Before this donation, students in GCC’s program did not yet have a full-electric vehicle with which to train.
The donated 2015 battery-powered electric Ford Focus was recently retired from SRP’s fleet and will be used in GCC’s Ford ASSET program (Automotive Student Service Educational Training). This is a factory-sponsored, four-semester program that prepares students to transition to the local workforce as productive, effective automotive technicians. Those who graduate from this program have training necessary to work in Ford or Lincoln dealerships as well as SRP’s Transporation Services department, which helps maintain all assets in SRP’s fleet.
“It is hard to find the words to articulate what this vehicle donation means to the Ford ASSET program and GCC,” Ford Asset Program Director and Ford ASSET Instructor at GCC Don Davis shared in a news release.
“It will have an immeasurable positive impact on the automotive students who participate in the program, and the full electric vehicle is integral to the new training we implemented to ensure these students’ success in the automotive industry.”
Glendale has a main campus at 6000 W. Olive Ave., and a north campus at 5757 W. Happy Valley Road.
GCC is one of a small handful of colleges in the U.S. that has purchased the Lucas-Nuelle Automotive trainer, specifically designed and engineered for diagnosis and repair of hybrid-electric and full-electric vehicle technology. Now, with this donation, the students can learn to how to diagnose and make repairs on a 100% battery-powered vehicle.
“Training with up-to-date technology in automotive education is critical for an economy that is transitioning to low-carbon, electric vehicles and transportation,” Kate Kochenderfer, senior director of supply chain, transportation and flight services at SRP, stated. “We are honored to make this donation, as a full-electric vehicle is a valuable asset that will help round out GCC’s training models and open up a pipeline of skilled resources to one day work at SRP or other local companies within our community.”
The associate degree and certificates in Applied Science in Automotive Service at GCC prepares students to apply technical knowledge and skills to repair, service, and maintain all vehicles, especially hybrid electric and full electric vehicles.
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