Santa Barbara City College students are working on hybrid and alternative-fuel skills outside normal class assignments.

According to a story in the school newspaper, the technology needed to work on advanced powertrains has not been added to the auto-shop curriculum, so students are "working outside the boundries" to learn more. These projects include experimenting with engine-management computers, cooking biodiesel at home and studying hybrid vehicles.

Given the Santa Barbara demographics, former students of the program predict more emphasis on hybrids. But there is a biodiesel plant only a few miles from Santa Barbara. The president of that plant says there is no "John Rockefeller" of biodiesel and that there are opportunities.

[Source: The Channels (subscription required)]

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