The San Bernardino Valley College Foundation has received a 2018 Environmental Champions Grant from SoCal Gas, which will be used to expand SBVC's training in electric and hybrid engines.

The college is receiving a one-time grant of $25,000, as part of a program that helps nonprofits advance innovative projects that promote clean water, air, and energy. "Through support for CNG/Electric/Hybrid Training Expansion, we are pleased to partner with San Bernardino Valley College Foundation to further our shared goal of fostering stewardship of our local environment," SoCalGas Community Relations Manager Sarita Figueroa said when announcing the SBVC Foundation's win.

In the grant application, Karen Childers, SBVC Director of Development and Community Relations and Executive Director of the SBVC Foundation, explained that students have been flocking to the college for CNG electric and hybrid engine repair training in the Automotive and Diesel Departments. "SBVC currently offers the only vocational training available in the Inland Empire that will prepare the skilled workforce needed by our regional employers in emerging heavy-duty, clean engine technologies, and Hybrid Transportation technology," she wrote. Grant funds will be used to purchase training modules and tools for a second lab section.

Students are now receiving instruction in hybrid and electric vehicle technology using cars purchased with grant funds SBVC received from the state of California. "By providing these skills and enhancing employability, the San Bernardino community will gain economically while supporting the use of vehicles that improve our air quality," Childers wrote.