Where Does a Year Go?

Thursday, January 10th, 2019 NAFTC Updates
Where Does a Year Go?

By Micheal Smyth, Interim Director

 As 2019 begins, I’d like to wish you and yours a terrific new year. The staff of the NAFTC and I are grateful for your support and hope 2019 brings many fine adventures your way! Speaking of 2019, here’s what the NAFTC is up to in the early part of the New Year.

Four AFV Courses Launch

In the first couple of months of 2019, we will begin offering four new courses:

  1. AFV/EV Fueling, Repair, Maintenance and Conversion Facility Training, a one-day classroom course that reviews facility requirements for working with alternative fuel vehicles. The course can be adapted if an audience has an interest in one particular fuel, or can be an overview of requirements for all current alternative fuel sources.
  2. AFV/EV Collision Repair Training, a one-day classroom course examining the unique considerations for repairing alternative fuel vehicles.
  3. Online AFV/EV Training for Towing and Roadside Assistance Personnel, a free online course for those working in the towing and roadside assistance industry describing considerations for aiding and towing AFVs. This course, designed to be completed in approximately one hour, will be available on the NAFTC website.
  4. Online AFV/EV Training for Automotive Recycling Personnel, another free online course but geared toward those working in the automotive salvage and recycling arena. This course, also designed to be completed in about one hour, will be available on the NAFTC website.

The courses are accompanied by a toolbox (on the NAFTC website) with all the tools you’ll need to publicize these courses in your communities. In fact, we have numerous resources that you are encouraged to adapt and use to promote your organization and its activities (e.g., press release templates, sample signage, tips to generate media coverage, and more). Visit www.naftc.wvu.edu and click on the Clean Cities Projects link at the bottom to access the toolbox.

Spring Expo

Finally, be on the lookout for our announcement about the Spring 2019 Expo, or Expo III, as we call it. The two previous Expos—the first held in Sanford, Florida in May 2018, and the most recent held in Las Vegas at the AAPEX Show in October 2018—were terrific events. These member meetings are a great way to learn the latest developments in AFV training and to network with colleagues in our industry. We try to strike a balance between work and fun, and will once again have a drawing for an iPad for attendees.

Again, all the best for a successful 2019 from those of us at the NAFTC!

Mike