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Green Cars and Experts at the Alexandria Campus

October 10, 2008

Nine technologically advanced vehicles were recently on display at the Alexandria Campus. Odyssey 2008, an alternative fuel vehicle exhibit, was held September 20 as a part of Alexandria’s first Fall Festival.

A variety of public and private interests contributed to the exhibit which included hybrid, plug-in electric and hydrogen fuel-cell powered vehicles. Representatives from industry, government and education were also on hand to answer questions. Odyssey is a nationwide event promoted every other year by the National Alternative Fuel Training Consortium (NAFTC). NOVA is a member of the NAFTC and hosted this event to help kick-off an Overview of the Alternative Fuel Vehicles course to be held during the second eight-week session of this fall semester. NOVA’s Odyssey drew the attention of Kate Shaw, a reporter with NBC Channel 4, who interviewed Shannon Shea from the Department of Energy and Ernie Packer, NOVA’s alternative fuel instructor.

Milan Hayward, special assistant for career and technical education, considered the event a success, saying “NOVA has the potential to become a regional resource for alternative fuel technologies education and hosting Odyssey 2008 is a step in that direction.” Please contact Packer at for information on this fall’s Overview of Alternative Vehicles course.

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