In April of 2019, our former Governor, Andrew Cuomo, announced the formation of the Excelsior Automotive Technician Task Force to address the severe shortage of auto technicians and provide quality career opportunities for New Yorkers. This announcement was made during a NYSADA Directors breakfast meeting, hosted by the Governor at the Executive Mansion. This Task Force which is jointly chaired by DMV Commissioner Mark Schroeder together with NYSADA’s Bob Vancavage and GNYADA’s Mark Schienberg, includes representation from all of the state’s dealer associations as well as many of the community colleges offering auto tech programs.



EV Training Programs This Summer

Suffolk County Community College, June 21 & 22: Task Force member and Suffolk C.C.C. Director of Automotive Technology David Macholz has partnered with Wayne State College of Engineering, the Center for Advanced Automotive Technology, and the National Science Foundation to offer this two-day Professional Development Course on Electric Drive Technology. The course is open to: community college instructors & administrators; 4-year college/university engineering or technology faculty; high school science or technology teachers; and automotive industry professionals. Not only is this course FREE to attend, each participant will receive a $150 stipend upon completion of the workshop. It will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days at the college’s Ammerman Campus, 533 College Rd., Selden, NY 11784. Space is limited – apply ASAP. I have attached a flyer with information and the applicationforms.

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Hudson Valley Community College, Date TBD (July/August): This is the five-day “Train-the-Trainer” announced by the Task Force before COVID forced its postponement. Led by HVCC Applied Technologies Professor/Department Chair Chris McNally, PhD., this 40-hour collaborative learning opportunity is for automotive and light truck faculty to enhance the electric vehicle curriculum in their respective programs. The goal is for each school on the Task Force to send at least one faculty member to this seminar. I have attached a flyer – more details will be forthcoming.

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