Owensboro Community & Technical College (OCTC) Automotive Technology program hosted ICOM Alternative Fuel Systems (ICOM), the Kentucky Propane Education and Research Council (KYPERC), and Amerigas for a project to convert KYPERC’s 2016 Dodge Ram to a vehicle that utilizes propane.
The conversion, done by students and led by Albert Venezio from ICOM, took place yesterday in the automotive labs on OCTC’s Southeastern Campus, located at 1901 Southeastern Parkway (behind Daviess County High School).
This conversion enhances the automotive classes and is part of the Advanced Transportation Fuels NSF grant’ “Preparing Technicians for Advanced Transportation Fuels”. KYPERC is a partner with OCTC in this grant.
The propane conversion will allow the 2016 Propane Powered Ram to travel around Kentucky and demonstrate the viability of propane as a transportation fuel. This is the second vehicle utilized by the KYPERC for outreach. The conversion experience adds value to the student’s proficiency in the automotive technology courses. OCTC’s Automotive program is certified by National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and was named at the 2014 National School of the Year by O’Reilly’s and has continued to be named as a top school in 2015 and 2016.
Owensboro Community & Technical College is one of the sixteen community and technical colleges that make up the Kentucky Community & Technical College System. OCTC serves the KY counties of Daviess, Hancock, Ohio and McLean. OCTC has three campuses in Daviess County and a Center and Annex in Hancock County. OCTC strives to serve the communities in the service area by providing associate degree education for transfer, state of the art technical education for students focusing on entering the workforce, customized business and industry solutions through the Workforce Solutions division, and adult education and business and industry testing through the SkillTrain unit.