The Advanced Transportation Technology & Energy initiative provides programs for students and incumbent workers in the areas of alternative fuels and energy and energy efficiency. Past efforts have addressed biodiesel training, and on an ongoing basis we support a variety of courses related to renewable energy, energy efficiency and electric vehicles maintenance. We are currently undertaking two specific programs on a contract basis, one for the US Department of Energy and for the San Francisco Mayor's Office of Economic and Workforce Development (MOEWD).
CCSF Hybrid and EV Training Grant
In December 2009, CCSF was awarded a training grant as part of the US Department of Energy’s (DOEs) $2.4 billion Vehicle Electrification program. This 3-year, $500,000 grant supports development and instruction for the maintenance and repair of Hybrid vehicles. With the second greatest number of hybrid vehicles in the country and the second highest density of hybrids (per 100,000 population), the San Francisco Bay Area is a logical location in which such curriculum should be developed and disseminated.
The grant provides for training of students, independent technicians and fleet technicians—essentially, auto maintenance professionals who do not have access to dealer training. Students need these skills as they will be working with hybrid and electric vehicles throughout their careers. Independent technicians are already turning away business as they don’t have the vehicle knowledge to assist owners of older, out-of-warranty hybrids seeking lower-cost service outside dealer networks. And fleet operators, such as the City and County of San Francisco with over 400 hybrids and EVs, need to contract with dealers for out-of-warranty support as their technicians are not familiar with hybrid service procedures.
Our grant starts with training at CCSF and Chabot College in Hayward. During its second year, it supports training at a small number of additional Bay Area colleges to identify hurdles as the program is transferred. In its third year, it further tests portability of the program by moving it to one or more colleges in Southern California and one in Portland, Oregon. To date, far more colleges have requested to partner in this process than can be accommodated by grant funding. In parallel with these college programs, training will also be offered to local maintenance personnel and fleet technicians in the college service areas.
TrainGreen SF is a partnership of the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development (MOEWD), Goodwill Industries and City College of San Francisco. It is based on an Academy model, and is designed to train dislocated, unemployed, underemployed or underserved populations for jobs in the emerging “Green Economy”. Initial funding is from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and the California Energy Commission (CEC). The partnership roles are:
Based on input from employers, the following areas of training were identified:
The goal is to serve 140 individuals in cohorts of about 20. Based on extensive discussions with employers and other stakeholders, the TGSF partners agreed upon the following cohorts:
Each cohort’s training package includes credit and non-credit classes from CCSF’s Business Department and Construction Trades Department. The mix of classes was determined by the chairs and faculty of those departments, and modified as needed based on employer feedback.
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