December 19th, 2014

2014 NAFTC Year in Review


The past year has been a great one for the NAFTC! The addition of new members across the country and the conduct of National Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Day Odyssey allowed us to reach more people than ever. The NAFTC conducted more training this year than ever before. The curriculum development team earned a third straight award from the Automotive Training Managers Council and the communications team captured two MarCom awards.

The NAFTC exhibited, presented, and attended numerous events and activities in our home state of West Virginia and around the country.

National AFV Day Odyssey Odyssey

One of the largest undertakings for the NAFTC in 2014 was the conduct of the seventh installment of National Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Day Odyssey. The event was held at 107 locations across the country. NAFTC staff were excited to support many of the events with displays and speakers.

The Odyssey 2014 National Kickoff Event was held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
Many Odyssey partners and sponsors were on hand to celebrate.

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U.S. DOE Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Reuben Sarkar (right) served as the keynote speaker for the Odyssey 2014 National Kickoff Event. Credit: NAFTC.

Odyssey 2014 attracted numerous media and event to help support Odyssey’s message of driving toward a clean secure energy future.

Awards

The NAFTC was recognized for the Electric Drive Vehicle Automotive Technician Training by the Automotive Training Managers’ Council (ATMC). This is the fourth overall, and third award in a row, National Training Excellence Award for the NAFTC.

The NAFTC also won two MarCom awards for the Clean Cities Learning Program Marketing Plan and the Alternative Energy Learning Center. This brings the NAFTC’s total MarCom awards to six and one honorable mention.

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The Alternative Energy Learning Center was created in 2013 as part of the Advanced Electric Drive Vehicle Education Program. The Center was used at several outreach events this year. Credit: NAFTC.

Training

Of course, 2014 was also a year filled with training and education for the NAFTC. In the past twelve months the NAFTC conducted more trainings than in any previous year.

In January, the NAFTC conducted a webinar on the recently unveiled Towing and Roadside Assistance and Automotive Recycling Materials.

The NAFTC welcomed students from across the United States to the Morgantown, WV headquarters for training. These courses included Light Duty Natural Gas Vehicle Automotive Technician Trainings, Compressed Natural Gas Fuel System Inspector Trainings, Electric Drive Vehicle Technician Trainings, and Petroleum Reduction Technologies Classes.

Also, NAFTC instructors traveled throughout the country to provide alternative fuel vehicle trainings.

Some of these included First Responder Safety Trainings at the International Association of Firefighters’ Conference at events hosted by Ocean State Clean Cities at Wisconsin College at events hosted by Tulsa Clean Cities Coalition; at Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission; at the Center for Transportation and the Environment at Corona Fire Department in Corona, CA; and at Eastern Idaho Fire Academy.

The NAFTC also conducted a series of technician trainings at Houston Community College and San Jacinto Community College in Texas and at Linn-Benton Community College in Oregon.

Additional trainings were conducted at locations across the U.S.

Members

This year was one of continued growth for the organization. The NAFTC welcomed several new members into the Consortium including: The Community College of Philadelphia; Johnson College; Linn-Benton Community College, Houston Community College; Pulaski Technical College; Austin Community College; Kishwaukee College; and Ivy Tech Community College-East Chicago Campus.

Outreach

The NAFTC worked with the West Virginia Clean State Program to host a series of workshops to demystify natural gas and propane use in West Virginia.

The NAFTC was also a proud sponsor of the Ford /AAA Student Auto Skills Competition and provided the winning team with a complimentary week of training.

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The winning team from the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills competition received a free 5-day Electric Drive Vehicle Automotive Technician Training from the NAFTC. Credit: NAFTC.

NAFTC headquarters also played host to visitors from around the world, including a team from the Malaysian Automotive Institute.

“This year was a great one for the NAFTC,” said Bill Davis, NAFTC director. “We are extremely to provide gold standard training and welcome new members into the Consortium. Our reputation has grown as we were recognized by leading industry awards and commendations. We look forward to the new year and the challenges that it will bring. The NAFTC staff stands ready to support the industry with any training needed”

The NAFTC Headquarters and its member institutions wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season and the hope that 2015 is going to be even better!

Merry Christmas!




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