Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) will receive two Nissan Leafs for their automotive technology program, thanks to a donation from the City of Oklahoma City. The vehicles will provide OCCC students with the opportunity to learn about electric vehicle technologies and how to service them.
“We have talented and skilled students learning to repair the vehicles of yesterday and today,” said John Claybon, OCCC’s Dean of Business and Information Technology. “But to fully prepare for the needs of today and tomorrow, it’s important our students learn the ins and outs of electric vehicles.”
Automotive technology schools like OCCC depend on vehicle donations to help train future automotive technicians. The donated Leafs have been deployed in the City of Oklahoma City fleet since 2012, and were purchased at the time with funds awarded through the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments’ (ACOG) CLEAN AIR for Public Sector Fleet grants. ACOG’s Public Fleet Conversion Program utilizes Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) funds through the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration.
“To see these vehicles serve a new purpose after nearly 10 years of zero-emissions operations in Central Oklahoma is an outcome we are thrilled to see,” said Mark W. Sweeney, Executive Director of ACOG. “The City of Oklahoma City and OCCC are both critical partners in advancing a modern workforce that supports the latest transportation technologies.
With more than 60 majors to choose from, and more than 40 student-led clubs and organizations, OCCC offers an affordable, accredited college education to around 17,000 students annually, and serves thousands more in non-credit classes and programs. OCCC offers associate degrees, certifications and leadership opportunities to all Oklahomans, whoever they are, whomever they love, wherever they’ve been and wherever they’re going.
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