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PROPOSAL | Updating Automotive Labs - EV & Hybrid Instruction


  • PROPOSAL TITLE: Updating Automotive Labs - Electric Vehicle (EV) & Hybrid Instruction (COMPLETE)
  • DESCRIPTION: EVs and hybrids require a unique skillset in the job market. This project will ensure that our automotive labs keep pace with the growing EV market and all students receive instruction on these new vehicle systems. This proposal is to update our region's college automotive labs for instruction on electric vehicle (EV) and hybrid vehicle systems by acquiring one vehicle (plug-in EV or hybrid vehicle) per college per year, along with the necessary scan/diagnostic tools and manufacturer online information subscriptions. The project also funds professional development for faculty to become proficient on these new systems. Most of our 9 automotive programs are not currently equipped with electric vehicles. A few have hybrids but they are out­ of-date. Over the past year and a half, faculty across the region have collaborated to develop shared course curricula and obtain EV/hybrid professional development. Equipping the labs will be the final step needed to incorporate EV instruction into the curriculum of all our automotive programs. Funding in the amount of $495,500 per year for 2 years (totaling $991,000) ls requested for the 9 college programs.
  • INDUSTRY SECTORS: Advanced Transporation & Renewables
  • START DATE: Wed Feb 01 2017
  • END DATE: Mon Dec 31 2018
  • LEAD COLLEGE/DISTRICT: College of the Desert


What Need Does This Proposal Address?

LMI & SUPPLY: 462 automotive service technicians will be needed each year to fill new positions between 2015 and 2020,totaling 2,310 over the five-year period, according to LMI reports from the Centers of Excellence.All of these technicians will need specialized skills to work on EV and hybrid vehicles. Yet, of the 9 automotive programs in our region,only 3 are equipped to provide plug-in EV training.Some provide hybrid training on old models. Labs having the necessary equipment to teach the emerging automotive technologies are needed.


How Does This Proposal Meet the Needs of Your Region's Labor Market?

LABOR MARKET GAPS: (1) Current 3-year average degree and certificate awards for automotive service technician students in our region total 190 annually (compared to 462 automotive technicians needed annually); (2) most of the students in our automotive programs do not receive the skills they need for EV & hybrid vehicles due to Lack of course availability; and (3) most of our programs do not have the necessary equipment - Including vehicles, scan, and diagnostic tools - to Implement EV & hybrid instruction. Updating the region's automotive Labs for EV and hybrid instruction will enable all our programs to provide skill training that increases the competitiveness of our graduates in the Labor market.


How Does This Proposal Address the Identified Needs?

This proposal is to acquire the vehicles, scan/diagnostic tools,and additional professional development needed by each college to ensure that labs are up-to-date and effective instruction is provided on these modern vehicle systems. By funding this request, students will receive a full set of skills for today's automotive market and help programs convey a positive, high-tech message about automotive careers. Over the next two years, the project will occur in concert with DSN funded activities designed to update the image of automotive occupations and intensify recruitment efforts. Students, parents, and counselors will receive professional materials presenting a high-tech image and essential career pathway information. Working with feeder high school programs, recruitment events are currently being planned. More effective recruitment will result in increased enrollment in our programs, followed by higher job placements to fill the regional gap. High school teachers have been a part of this collaborative work among faculty. By establishing program connections at the high school level, students will have a clearer pathway to the college programs defined, which will also support college recruiting goals.


How Does This proposal Address the Priorities Established by Your Region?

Strong Workforce legislation states that future funding will depend on: CTE FTES, job openings, and improvements in workforce metrics beyond the first year. This project will address all three by increasing FTES through program modernization tied to stronger recruitment, filling job openings by producing higher skilled job-competitive graduates, and preparing students to handle a broader set of responsibilities, resulting in higher wages. The transportation sector is an important sector for economic growth in our region. Clean transportation was the hottest sector for venture capital Investment in California, bringing in $3.4 billion in 2016. Zero emission vehicle registrations increased by 244 percent between 2012 and 2014, driven by a 116 percent increase in all-electric vehicles and a 650 percent increase in plug-in hybrid vehicles. Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario ranks fifth in the State for the number of clean vehicle rebates, indicating that a large number of EVs are operating  in our region. The automotive industry needs highly qualified technicians in larger numbers to continue its economic contribution to our region. This project will help our CTE programs meet that need.


Labor Market Information

OCCUPATIONAL CLUSTER: Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics

OCCUPATIONS: 49-3023 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics

REGION: Inland Empire/Desert



COLLEGE: Barstow College

PROGRAMS: Barstow College - Automotive Technology (094800), Chaffey College - Automotive Technology (094800), College of the Desert - Automotive Technology (094800), Copper Mountain College - Automotive Technology (094800), Mt. San Jacinto College - Automotive Technology (094800), Palo Verde College - Automotive Technology (094800), Riverside City College - Automotive Technology (094800), San Bernardino Valley College - Automotive Technology (094800), Victor Valley College - Automotive Technology (094800)



Only Victor Valley College's metrics are shown here. View the full 19-page report including all colleges here.

victor Valley College - Automotive technology (094800)

METRIC: Enrollments

  • 2016-17: 1287
  • 2017-18: 1332
  • FALL 2018: 1379



METRIC: Students Who Got A Certificate or Degree

  • 2016-17: 22
  • 2017-18: 24
  • FALL 2018: 26


INVESTMENT PLAN: This project is designed to modernize our region's automotive programs and, when combined with a planned DSN funded outreach and recruitment effort, will dispel outdated notions about auto tech occupations and attract students and parents seeking high-tech/high-paying careers. The EV/Hybrid systems course investments will result for metrics: (a) 5% increase in program enrollment at each college/each year (Increase from 3601 to 3973 in 2 years); (d) 6% increase in completion rate and employment at each college/each year [increase from 190 to 220 completions in 2 years (rounding up to whole numbers at each school)]; (e) 20% wage gain for those completing programs, after 1year in employment. Students completing this training will have the skills needed by a growing segment of the industry thus enhancing job placement and earning potential.



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LEAD COLLEGE OR PARTNER: Victor Valley College


YEARS: 2016-17, 2017-18, Fall 2018


  • Purchase EV vehicle and diagnostic equipment.
  • Faculty will participate in professional development.
  • New course proosal or course changes will be written and submitted for approvals.

MAJOR OUTCOMES: Faculty will have completed professional development. New course or course changes will be implemented.


  • Student Success (2)
  • Curriculum (10)
  • CTE Faculty (15)

RISKS: There are no risks anticipated.


Budget Breakdown

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INSTITUTION: Victor Valley College

DESCRIPTION: Purchase EV or hybrid vehicle ($40K x 2 years) and diagnostic equipment ($12K x 2 years)


OBJECT CODE: 6000 - Capital Outlay

2016-2017 AMOUNT REQUESTED: $52,000

2017-2018 AMOUNT REQUESTED: $52,000



Last Updated 8/24/17