Alfred State Now a NAFTC Training Center

Alfred State is pleased to announce that it is now an official training facility for the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC), and the only facility in New York State. The College joins 45 locations nationwide to have this distinction.

A longtime leader in technical education in the region, Alfred State was able to join the NAFTC in part due to a $149,909 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission that enabled the College to integrate alternative fuels technology into the Automotive Trades program. The development of a resulting alternative fuels laboratory, centered on the Wellsville campus, provides the program and the students with the opportunity to learn about and investigate these fuels for use in autobody, diesel, and more traditional automotive settings. Students are not only trained on the details of using these fuels, but also research how to maximize their efficiency with the intention of discovering ways to make them more accessible. This knowledge is invaluable for their work after graduation, as alternative fuel vehicle usage is on the rise. The training has also led the college to victories at the Green Grand Prix, the only road rally designated for fuel efficient, alternative fuel, and hybrid vehicles in the U.S.

Alfred State’s relationship with NAFTC has also allowed the program to network at the national level, including a visit to Teslar Motors, a leader in electric vehicle development and construction, in California. In addition to networking with motor companies, representatives from the college have presented at the Interstate Renewable Energy Council Clean Energy Workforce Education Workshop, the American Association of Community Colleges Workforce Development Institute, and at the 2011 Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education conference.

The alternative fuels laboratory fleet now includes: two first-generation Honda Insights (including the 2003 Insight that won at the Green Grand Prix in 2011), a 2011 Honda Insight, a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid (modified to run on compressed natural gas), a 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid, a 2009 Toyota Prius (modified to be a plug-in hybrid), and the extended range, electric 2012 Chevrolet Volt.

Both the alternative fuels laboratory and the Automotive Trades program reflect the College’s commitment to integrating sustainability education into its programs, and further the mission of reducing its carbon footprint and training students to succeed in a global green economy. Alfred State will also serve as host of the "Innovations in Technical Education to Advance Sustainability" conference from June 14-16, 2012, focusing on networking with a diverse range of education and sustainability professionals. Learn more about the conference and register.