Through the Volvo LIGHTS project, the San Bernardino Valley College (SBVC) in collaboration with Volvo Trucks North America, South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) along with 10 other organizations is certifying students to support, maintain, and repair advanced electric drivetrains and the technology required to achieve a wide-scale deployment of medium- and heavy-duty battery-electric vehicles (BEV).
The electric truck market in the U.S. is seeing a momentum, with major manufacturers commercializing new medium- and heavy-duty models. SBCV is among the leading colleges in meeting the demand for the highly skilled and specialized workforce in this field.
With support from the Volvo LIGHTS program to purchase hands-on equipment, SBVC launched its comprehensive electric truck technician training programs in the Fall of 2020 to help train and support the next generation of maintenance technicians.
The first five students have now completed the Heavy/Medium Clean Vehicle Technology program and are preparing to enter the workforce. All five students earned a $1,000 scholarship from Southern California Edison for completing the EV program.
Electric trucks can bring highly skilled, higher paying jobs to support maintenance and repair and can present exciting and rewarding career opportunities for our students.