Students at LCC West are learning the tricks of the trade of the cars of the future.
"With the explosion of these cars that are going to be on the market, they're going to need to increase their training significantly," says Rep. Mark Schauer, (D) Michigan.
So, a plan to amp up high-tech training at Lansing Community College. Congressman Mark Schauer requesting $2 million in federal funds for LCC's Advanced Technology and Electric Vehicle Job Training Programs.
"We need to attract students, students who want to be on the cutting edge of technology," explains LCC President Brent Knight. "And we need the tools, the diagnostic equipment to enable us to continue to offer the highest quality of instruction."
LCC would work with manufacturers and dealers launching hybrid vehicles to create a pipeline for electric vehicle technician training, and jobs.
But with a stalling U.S. auto industry, are there jobs out there?
Schauer says yes.
"There is no question that the workers, the trainees, who go through this Advanced Technology and Electric Vehicle Job Training Program will have jobs waiting for them out in the community," he says.
Because skilled technicians will always be in demand, says Deborah Cole, interim dean for technical careers at LCC.
"There will always be a need for good technicians," Cole explains. "We don't quit driving cars. They still break down and they still need to be fixed."
And Knight believes it's hybrids that will need the fixing in the future.
"Probably in five to 10 years, there will be thousands of vehicles in Michigan and throughout the country fueled by some means other than gasoline," Knight says.