Donation Buys New Equipment for Students in Automotive Program

Donation Buys New Equipment for Students in Automotive Program

12 Aug 13

ATTC siteA donation of $170,000 allowed for the purchase of new equipment to train students in LBCC's Automotive Technology program.

The donation, from Pacific Propane Gas Association, provides equipment for students to train on some of the most advanced propane fuel systems, as well as the college the ability to show the benefits of using propane as a transportation fuel, noted Bryan Schiedler, LBCC automotive tech instructor.

As the only major broad-spectrum training facility for alternative fuel vehicles between Seattle and San Francisco, LBCC's new Advanced Transportation Technology Center (ATTC) in Lebanon is working to meet business needs for trained technicians, and to serve as a first step toward creating a base for alternative fuel technology in the Valley.

In addition, the center will be used to train technicians already in the field to work on propane, compressed natural gas, electric and biodiesel as well as traditional fuel vehicles.

“The propane industry is proud to support the Advanced Transportation Technology Center,” said PPGA Executive Director Baron Glassgow. “Propane brings reliable, low-emission vehicles and equipment to fleets, industry and the everyday driver. Partnering with LBCC will help ensure that innovative vehicles and equipment produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions and provide savings at the pump.”

Future plans for the ATTC site include construction of a new innovation center, compressed natural gas and propane fueling stations, and electrical charging stations. LBCC continues to raise funds, with approximately $7 million raised for the overall project so far. Major funding for the center includes more than $2 million in private donations, $1.5 million from the Economic Development Administration, $1.4 million from the City of Lebanon Urban Renewal District, $800,000 from Oregon lottery funds, $100,000 from the Lebanon Industrial Development Corporation, $350,000 from the Meyer Memorial Trust and $50,000 from Drive Oregon, in addition to PPGA's donation.

Industry partners include Snap On, Pacific Power, John and Phil’s Toyota, and CoEnergy Propane of Corvallis.