Motive Power Program Coordinator shares best practices in electric vehicle technology

This article was published on: April 13th, 2022

white electric vehicles parked in front of NC's Green Automotive Technology building

With April being Earth Month, NC’s International division wanted to highlight NC’s participation in a recent global event with a sustainability focus.

In addition to contributing to the global conversation of climate action, those attending the virtual International Summit of Electric Vehicles this past winter gained a deeper understanding of how Niagara College’s unique approach to education creates world-ready graduates.

With the aim of contributing to the development, enhancement and promotion of new vocations, educational plans and programs in the State of Guanajuato, Mexico, the event was held virtually on November 24, 2021, by the Ministry of Education of Guanajuato and united experts from academia, the productive sector and the government. Both professors and students were in attendance as representatives from Niagara College and the University of Sheffield in England spoke about sustainable mobility and creating synergies between the academic and private sectors.

Providing insight into industry needs for incorporating new technology into educational institutions, NC School of Trades Professor and Motive Power Program Coordinator Wayne Toth shared best practices within his program area. He also showcased NC’s Green Automotive Technology Lab and program curriculum, both of which help to prepare world-ready graduates equipped with the skills to work with the latest green technologies in the automotive industry.

“I want to expand our program globally as I feel we have a very well received program to offer students and I am very proud of what we do here at NC,” said Toth. “Our program is fortunate to have a great connection with NC’s International Division, which supports the College in welcoming many students from around the world. We have many very successful grads that secure great full-time jobs in their automotive career.”

In addition, Toth highlighted how NC has successfully formed industry partnerships in Canada, such as with equipment manufacturers (OEM), auto manufacturers, auto dealer corporations and auto shop owners, and hopes this opportunity may lead to future global industry partnerships and collaborations.

Toth also explained his previous experience supporting NC’s global partners.

“I am grateful to have been involved in NC’s global work in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in the past by participating in a conference in Jamaica with our partner Excelsior College,” said Toth. “We created a link to their automotive program with donations of training equipment and educational resources for them.”

In addition to supporting NC’s strategic direction of being globally and culturally engaged, this work also contributes to the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically SDG number 13 – Climate Action.

This, along with NC’s work in other global development projects, demonstrates Niagara College’s contributions in making the world a more sustainable place for the next generation. To learn more about Niagara College’s work in global development and how staff and faculty can get involved, visit ncglobal.ca.