SPC receives grant for hybrid auto program

South Plains College recently received a $210,222 grant from the Texas Job Building Fund to buy equipment for the hybrid automotive technology program.

According to Rob Blair, dean of technical education at SPC, the funds will be used to purchase equipment for both the Levelland and Byron Martin Advanced Technology Center. SPC will buy a 2010 General Motors Chevrolet Tahoe 4WD with hybrid technology, a 2010 Toyota Camry Hybrid and a 2010 Ford Fusion Package 500A with full hybrid technology. In addition to the vehicles, the latest diagnostic and educational software also will be purchased.

“Selected vehicles will feature 2-mode and the latest hybrid technology,” Blair said.

South Plains College began utilizing hybrid automotive technology with the donation of a 2006 Ford Escape Hybrid from Ford Motor Company, which was instigated by Smith South Plains on behalf of the “Seamless Automotive” Articulation with Texas Tech University’s College of Engineering. Beginning fall 2010, SPC will infuse eight hybrid technology courses into the program’s certificate and associate degree curricula. Students on both campuses will benefit from the same curricula and share the vehicles.

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