The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium participated in the Monongalia County Schools Eighth Grade Career Fair hosted by Monongalia County Technical Education Center in Morgantown, WV on April 15. Approximately 815 eighth grade students from five Monongalia county schools were in attendance. Members of the NAFTC staff spoke to students about careers in alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles, and answered questions about how electric and hybrid cars work and how they decrease our dependence on foreign oil.

Students visited the NAFTC Alternative Energy Learning Center mobile classroom trailer where they learned about alternative fuels and alternative fuel vehicles through interactive iPad displays and tested their knowledge on a fun quiz about alternative fuel vehicle facts.

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The Alternative Energy Learning Center was a popular display for students attending the Monongalia County Schools Eighth Grade Career Fair. Credit: NAFTC.

Students were also able to learn about electric vehicle components by exploring the cut-away Toyota Prius Hybrid Electric Vehicle Training Educator and a Nissan Leaf.

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Students studied electric vehicle components at the HEVTE display. Credit: NAFTC.

The NAFTC staff – from automotive technicians to accountants – was also on hand to talk with students about the careers they can pursue in alternative fuels and alternative fuel vehicles.

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The NAFTC staff was on hand to discuss potential careers in alternative fuel vehicles. Credit: NAFTC.

“NAFTC’s contribution is huge, not only do they support and encourage MTEC offerings, their participation educates our students about improving air quality and decreasing U.S. dependence on foreign oil. The vehicles and trailer provided for this event are hands-on and perfect for keeping this age group engaged and educating students about career options,” said Judy Pratt, MTEC Coordinator of Business/Industry Partnerships. “NAFTC staff who attended this event were positive and related well to our eighth grade students.”

Students were able to learn about careers from 96 exhibitors, making this the largest event ever hosted by MTEC.

“This event affords every eighth grade student the opportunity to explore a variety of career options as they plan to enter high school, select their courses of study and decide upon future careers,” said Pratt.

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