One of the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium’s National Training Center members, University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH), recently sent a group of students to the National Truck Equipment Association’s Work Truck Show.

Held March 7-10 in Indianapolis, the Work Truck Show and the corresponding Green Truck Summit allowed the UNOH students to explore beyond the classroom and to gain real-world experience with others in the alternative fuel vehicle industry. UNOH’s nine College of Technologies students, led by Automotive Division Head Steven Klausing, attended the show as ambassadors, thanks to a strong partnership between the university and NTEA.

“The students helped convention attendees and assisted throughout classes and seminars,” Klausing explained. “Students, by attending the show, benefited from the new technologies and were able to search for future employment opportunities. The students even got the opportunity to attend the Green Truck Summit, where work trucks are being run on natural gas, propane, hybrid electric/hydraulic and straight electric power.”

UNOH student James Hellberg

UNOH student James Hellberg serves as an ambassador at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis. Credit: NAFTC

The students who attended the show were James Hellberg, Paulding, Ohio; Justin Kies, Lima, Ohio; Nate Klopfenstein, Hilliard, Ohio; Tim Miller, Edensburg, Pa.; Brandon Orbeck, Lima, Ohio; Brian Rollins, Bellefontaine, Ohio; Jody Shire, Huntsville, Ohio; Andrew Straight, Traverse City, Mich.; and Robert Terry, Adrian, Mich. Students were nominated by their UNOH Instructors and selected after an interview process.

UNOH students enjoy the NTEA Work Truck Show

UNOH students enjoy the NTEA Work Truck Show. From left, front, are Andrew Strait, Tim Miller, Robert Terry and Brandon Orbeck; back, Jody Shire, Justin Kies, Michael Winter, Nate Klopfenstein, James Hellberg and UNOH automotive instructor Steven Klausing. Credit: NAFTC

“These students were recommended by the instructors at the university,” Klausing added. “An interview process took place to narrow down to the top students. This year we had several nontraditional students who are being retrained in another field because of lost jobs and closing businesses. This was a very good opportunity for all the students to have a chance for a career in the truck and equipment field.”

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