An agreement with the California
Community Colleges Chancellor's Office to advance
alternative fuels workforce training across the state.

The California community colleges system is the largest higher education system in the country and has the potential to take the lead in producing certified workers and graduates to fill the needs of regional alternative fuel and advanced vehicle technology companies.

The Energy Commission has funded 14 community colleges and awarded grants for equipment purchases, train-the-trainer efforts, and curriculum development for the advancement of alternative fuels workforce training.

The California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office has compiled assessment reports to guide the development and refinement of the workforce training program’s efforts and provide information for future investment planning. The reports itemized the training and instructional needs of the community colleges and the training and instructional resources existing within the community college system, as well as occupational and industry information to identify training needs by region.

Read more on California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office Green Technology Program.

students examining car engine mobile training trailer Shiny black car on a mechanic's lift

Photos courtesy of Cynthia Garcia



  • American River College offers courses on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), Plug-In Hybrid, Electric Vehicle, and Hybrid Diesel technologies at two training locations in Sacramento and offers training for incumbent automotive technicians from various dealers, fleets and independent repair shops.

  • Solano Community College leveraged local bond funds and resources to refurbish a formerly vacant car dealership in Vallejo and transformed it into a lab for students to learn how to service and repair alternative fuel vehicles.

  • Rio Hondo Community College has one of the only a handful of Hydrogen Fuel Cell technology courses in the State and is awaiting approval for an Associate of Science (AS) degree for Electric vehicle/Hybrid/Fuel Cell Technician.

Type of Project

Workforce Development

ARFVTP Award Amount



In progress


California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office  is located in Sacramento, California


California Institute of Technology

Emerging Opportunities

Cummins-Westport Low-NOx Engine

Low NOx CNG Engine

Edeniq, Inc.

Biofuels Production

Motiv Power Systems'
AmeriPride Fleet Project

Electric Medium-Duty Trucks

Ontario Hydrogen Refueling Station

Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure

Pixley Biogas, LLC

Biofuels Production and Infrastructure

UCSD Electric Vehicle
Charging Project

EV Infrastructure, Charger Installation