The Department of Automotive Technology has been awarded a $150,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to bolster faculty education in the area of hybrid technology.

Automotive professors Trent Lindbloom and Roger Adams worked together to pursue the grant, which helped the department during its recertification process with the National Automotive Technical Education Foundation this spring. The foundation, which requires schools to recertify every five years, recently added the area of hybrid technology as a new focus.

“We’ve been seeing hybrids on the road more often now and seeing them end up in independent repair facilities, so there’s a growing need for our students to know how to work on these vehicles,” said Lindbloom.

Funds from the two-year grant will go toward purchasing hybrid components for the auto lab, developing self-learning units, creating new curriculum to enhance the two- and four-year automotive programs, and faculty training.