Owensboro Community amp; Technical Colleges Automotive Technology program is working
on a Preparing Technicians for Advanced Transportation Fuels initiative. Lewis Nall,
Program Director for Automotive Technology, and some of his second year Advanced Emissions
Students are working with The Cobras, a College View Middle School Club. They have
been covering various topics from the transportation industry with the club and the
past few sessions have focused on Alternative Fuels and Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles.
ATECH Training has partnered with OCTC on this initiative and has generously donated
10 Dr. Fuel Cell vehicle kits that are used in various stages of fuel cell training.
Last week 34 students from the College View Middle School Cobras Club participated
in a hands on demonstration using the fuel cell stack provided in the ATECH kits.
At the end of the session they were able to see which groups car crossed the finish
line first. Not only did the group learn about an alternative fuel technology but
they were excited and engaged throughout the process. The college students benefitted
from the experience at least as much as the middle school students. One way to truly
understand a process, is to try and explain it, and then demonstrate it to another
said Lewis Nall.
Dr. Jim Klauber, OCTC President commented, Activities like this are essential to train
future technicians and introduce students to new technologies.