The Alternative Fuels - Carbon Based Fuels Proficiency Certificate provides valuable training and expertise and adds an additional path to our existing, successful automotive program. Our current automotive technologies (AT) program is accredited by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (NIASE). While the AT program meets the current industry requirements for automotive technicians, it is not focused on future fuel needs, and this expertise is increasingly required and in demand. This micro proficiency certificate helps to meet that need, and we believe that our current and future AT students, as well as technicians already working in the field, will be interested in completing it to enhance their marketability.
Alternative fuels are increasingly being used in our immediate geographical area and require skilled technicians who may be trained at the College. Many organizations are investing in alternative fuels. For example, both the city of Philadelphia and SEPTA have made investments in this area. The city has started to replace some passenger vehicles with electric vehicles and is deploying and installing charging stations at various city departments. SEPTA has purchased 25 electric buses, which are currently in use on various city routes. During the latest climate meetings in November 2021, six major automakers including Ford, GM, Mercedes Benz, and Volvo pledged to phase out sales of new gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles by 2040 worldwide and by 2035 in leading markets. (NYTimes)
Alternative Fuels - Carbon Based Fuels Proficiency Certificate program is located at the Career and Advanced Technology Center (CATC).