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Cerritos College Announces New & Exciting Incumbent Workforce Training      

Cerritos College is pleased to announce a new and exciting incumbent workforce training program for employers who are engaged in alternative fuels to support the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP) that was created in 2007 under AB 118.


Cerritos College's ATTE Center is in partnership with the El Camino College's Business Training Center, who is the grant holder, to develop training in clean air transportation technologies for incumbent workers. Other direct partners in this project include Cerritos College ATTE, Long Beach City College ATTE, El Camino College ATTE, College of the Desert ATTE, College of the Canyons, Kern Community College District and Riverside Community College District.


Businesses have found a tremendous advantage to upgrading the skills of their current workforce utilizing California Employment Training Panel (ETP) training funds. This training is focused in the clean air technologies for light, medium and heavy duty vehicles including: hybrid-electric, electric, compressed natural gas (CNG), and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG). Much, if not all of the training costs to offer these courses to your business or organization is offset through the ETP Program.


Training is available to "ANY" employer engaged in the alternative and renewable fuels maintenance and service of vehicles and equipment. Courses range from 8 to 24 hours depending on the specific needs of your company. A sample of courses to be offered include:

  • Hybrid Vehicle Safety, Maintenance and Diagnostics
  • Advanced Engine Control Systems and Diagnostics
  • Fuel System Inspection
  • CNG Engine Specific/Fuel Systems Operation and Diagnostic
  • Utility Equipment Hydraulics
  • Electrical-voltmeter, schematics, electricity principles
  • Biofuels Storage, Transport, Fleet Operations and Use
  • First Responder - Alternative Fuels (CNG, LNG, Hydrogen)
  • Sustainable Management Systems

For more information and complete course list contact:

Cerritos College ATTE Center

Jannet Malig - (562) 860-2451 ext. 2912



Five Auto Trends that Will Shake Up 2012

A host of new features you may never have heard of - and certainly didn't expect to see in mainstream cars and trucks - will be commonplace by the end of 2012. New technologies and safety and fuel-economy concerns have accelerated automakers innovation.


Here's some of what to watch for in 2012:


Stop-Start: Also called auto stop, this shuts the engine off at traffic lights and stop signs and imperceptibly restarts it when you're ready to go. "Imperceptible" is a key word. Auto stop can reduce fuel consumption significantly, but people won't tolerate it if they notice the engine cycling off, or if the vehicle doesn't start moving when they expect it to. The Mazda 3 already offers the system, which will show up on many more models in 2012.


Double-digit air bags: Front-seat knee air bags are one of the next big things. Cars ranging from the subcompact Chevrolet Sonic to the compact Buick Verano and midsize Toyota Camry added them in 2011, with more to come in 2012. Ten is the magic number for air bags in new cars, as thorax-protecting bags for the front and rear seats become common. Next up: inflatable shoulder belts a-la the Ford Explorer and a center-mounted bag from General Motors that keeps front-seat occupants from knocking heads. Some automakers are even considering air bags to keep backseat passengers from hitting the front seats.


The days when automakers believed safety systems don't sell cars are gone!


More voice recognition: Your smartphone will make your next car better, thanks to new systems that will use it for navigation, to stream your favorite news, music and more. Now that Transportation Secretary and driver-distraction hardliner, Ray LaHood has come out in favor of hands-free systems rather than a pointless and unenforceable prohibition on phones, automakers are free to continue to innovate. Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Hyundai and Toyota all have slick new systems to make the phone an integral part of a car.


Smaller, more powerful engines: This is a golden age of engine development. Small engines with new technologies have power and fuel efficiency that were inconceivable a few years ago.


GM's 2-liter four-cylinder turbocharged, direct-injection engine produces a whopping 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. It would wipe the floor with a lot of old V-8s and rates 32 mpg on the highway in the Buick Regal GS, the year's most surprising sport sedan. Ford created the catchy EcoBoost name for its turbo/DI engines and uses it on everything from the compact Focus to the big Explorer crossover SUV and F-150 pickup.


The Fiat-designed 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine Chrysler builds in Dundee, Mich., will graduate from the slow-selling Fiat 500 to the sportiest version of the new Dodge Dart compact sedan.


You'll see lots more small engines with big performance numbers in 2012.


Reprinted from USA Today 



Cerrtios College Announces New & Exciting Incumbent Workforce Training
Five Auto Trends that Will Shake Up 2012

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