Sara Heller, Coordinator of Raritan Valley Community College’s Automotive Technology program, understands that achieving New Jersey’s all-electric-vehicle goal by 2035 involves more than educating the public and having enough EV chargers. Automotive technology must also keep pace by including the repair and service of EVs.
Sara helped create the content for RideWise’s October 2022 Let’s Go Electric webinar, “Our Electric Future & Training the Next Generation: Emerging Trends in Vehicle Electrification,” and was a guest speaker. This webinar explored new trends in vehicle electrification and how to train automotive technology students on servicing EVs.
More people are switching to EVs, but the statewide curriculum for has not kept pace. Sara spoke on how RVCC is leading the initiative to improve the curriculum by including EVs and EV technology in the classroom and automotive shop. Automotive tech administrators, professors, and staff from community colleges and vocational schools throughout New Jersey attended the webinar. The webinar also featured guest speaker Dr. Mark Quarto of Electrified Vehicle Systems Technologies and was moderated by Stan Jaracz, President of the NJ Electric Vehicle Association.
“EV is the way of the future and is immensely exciting, not only because of its impact on the environment but also because of the swiftly changing technology,” says Sara. “I have been incredibly fortunate to participate in the EV Coalition including its numerous events and learning opportunities which I am able to share with my students and staff. I look forward to continuing this mutually beneficial relationship with the EV Coalition.”
To learn more about the webinar and Let’s Go Electric, visit our Let’s Go Electric page.