Press release: Two-day course covers electric drive vehicle technology



Leah Nixon

Director of Communications



June 20, 2013 HOLLAND, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College’s Lakeshore campus is teaming up with Wayne State University on a two-day course exploring electric drive vehicle technology.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the electric vehicles industry shows great potential for job growth, and the largest concentration of these jobs are in Michigan and Ohio. Wayne State University received a National Science Foundation Grant award to develop the two-day course and sought out GRCC for help in providing professional development opportunities in local communities about electric-drive vehicle technology.

The course is designed for high school science or technology instructors, college professors, business people or anyone who is interested in electric-drive-vehicle development, design, modeling and manufacturing. It will cover emerging technologies in electric drive vehicles and advanced battery systems, and include a tour of the Johnson Controls battery plant.

“This is a great opportunity to get a closer look at an emerging technology that is having a big impact on the Lakeshore and the entire state,” said Dan Clark, dean of GRCC’s Lakeshore campus.

The course takes place July 16 and 17 at Midtown Center, 96 W. 15th St. Participants will receive a $200 stipend for completing both days. Contact Joyce Lien before July 3rd at Wayne State University at (313)577-5386 or for registration information.

Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for more than 30,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.