Northeast State awarded $349,340 electric vehicle technology grant | Appalachian Highlands
BLOUNTVILLE – The National Science Foundation recently awarded Northeast State Community College a $ 349,340 grant to integrate electric vehicle (EV) technology into the College’s current automotive programs.
The project is funded by the NSF Advanced Technology Education program which focuses on training in advanced technology fields that boost the country’s economy.
As planned, Northeast will work with industry partners to develop / adapt the curriculum and train electric vehicle maintenance and repair technicians to meet employment needs statewide and beyond.
The university will also be part of the National Electric Vehicle Consortium, a diverse network of academic and industry experts funded through a separate NSF award, to develop national standards for electric vehicle training in various fields, such as vehicle manufacturing, maintenance and repair. conversion, security and emerging standards and technological advances.
“We are bringing together smart people in the world of electric vehicles to standardize knowledge between fields and the nation,” said Dr. Kevin Cooper, the consortium’s lead researcher. “We want to identify gaps and ensure that all programs are sustainable in the long run.”
According to the NSF, industry leaders agree that there is an immediate shortage of skilled technical workers in almost every sector needed to support the electric vehicle industry. Workforce projections estimate that the electric vehicle sector will add between 250,000 and 500,000 new high-paying jobs by 2030.
First on the Northeast State agenda is an analysis of job assignments with industry partners, followed by a review of the university’s current automotive technology curriculum and the development of courses and training. additional for electric vehicles.
Other components include teacher training and an emphasis on hiring a diverse, women-centered student population.
The project starts on July 1, 2022 and runs until June 30, 2025.
According to the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, Tennessee ranks first in the southeastern United States for electric vehicle manufacturing, with more than 162,000 electric vehicles manufactured since 2013. Ford, General Motors and LE Energy Solutions recently announced plans to invest billions in the state for the production of electric vehicles and parts.
“We are delighted with the NSF grant and the confidence shown in the Northeastern state to provide workforce development to the emerging electric vehicle industry,” said Dr. Donna Farrell, Dean of Technology at northeastern state. “We look forward to the challenge of integrating electric vehicle technology into our already successful automotive technology programs.”
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