A new pilot program to train automotive technicians in electric car technology received a valuable donation Tuesday when Capital Region BOCES took receipt of an electric car to help students train.
The New York Power Authority donated a retired electric vehicle to the BOCES Career & Technical School in Albany to help students develop the skills they need to work in the clean energy industry.
“Nationwide enrollment in automotive schools has been plummeting. This is a great opportunity to foster workforce development in our youth, especially in underprivileged communities,” said Lisa Payne Wansley, vice president of environmental justice at the power authority. “This is game-changing and will serve to level the playing field for adolescents in the Capital Region.”
To start the program, the power authority donated three retired electric vehicles to automotive technical institutions across the upstate region. Along with Capital Region BOCES, Orleans-Niagara BOCES in Medina in the