TEMPE, Ariz. – May 16, 2022 – Legacy EV, a leader in electric vehicle (EV) aftermarket applications and education programs, has announced that automotive technician students at the Carroll Shelby Automotive Program at Northeast Texas Community College can earn an EV certification. This is the nation’s first program offered by an accredited college to prepare students to work on EV systems and conversions through a comprehensive curriculum and hands-on training. The announcement was made during the 10th Annual Carroll Shelby Tribute and Car Show in Gardena, California, on May 14.
“We’re thrilled to announce this new Legacy EV certification program for the students at the Carroll Shelby Automotive Program,” said Mavrick Knoles, president and co-founder of Legacy EV. “As EVs continue to make up greater market share among drivers, the demand for technicians who are trained in repair and maintenance is critical. Working with the Carroll Shelby Automotive Program, we are establishing a new standard for EV education as we train the next generation of auto mechanics.”
Legacy EV’s certification for the Carroll Shelby Automotive Program will include a five-part curriculum that offers an in-depth education on EV history and technology including motors, batteries, chargers and converters. During the hands-on training portion of the course, students will work on EV motors and learn how to apply what they already know about gas engines to electric motors.
The legendary Carroll Shelby discussed electrification of the auto industry in an interview published by Ford Performance. “…we’re getting into so many things that I think are interesting,” said Carroll Shelby. “Electric cars, different types of fuel. They’re calling them the ‘green years.’ And I’d like to be around to see how this works out. I’d like to be a part of it.”
His company, Shelby American, introduced the Shelby® Mustang Mach-E GT concept during the SEMA Show in Las Vegas in 2021. That trailblazing attitude motivated the college to embrace an electrified future.
“Carroll Shelby was committed to embracing new technologies and blazing new trails,” said Jon McCullough, executive vice president for advancement at Northeast Texas Community College. “Before he passed, Carroll forecasted the automotive industry’s embrace of electric technology. That future is coming to fruition, and we’re honored that his automotive program will be the first in the country to offer an on-campus EV certification from an accredited college.”
An accelerated course is planned for the Summer 2022 semester. Legacy EV’s certification will be available as a full semester elective course beginning Fall 2022 for current students at the Northeast Texas Community College.
About Legacy EV
Legacy EV is the first Electric Vehicle (EV) company to offer complete EV conversion kits, EV components, training courses and technical build-support. Legacy EV can convert fleet to electric power, build custom EVs or provide parts and training to mechanics to ensure the transition to Electric Vehicles does not result in the loss of ICE vehicles and trusted auto mechanics. For more information visit https://legacyev.com/
About Carroll Shelby Automotive Program
The Carroll Shelby Automotive Program is designed to prepare students for the workforce and offers degrees and certificates to help students meet their individual career goals. Students are trained within the basics of automotive knowledge with input from our industry partners to prepare automotive technicians of the future. Click here for more information.
About Northeast Texas Community College
Northeast Texas Community College is a public institution in Mount Pleasant, Texas. Its campus is located in a rural with a total enrollment of 3,091. The school utilizes a semester-based academic year. The student-faculty ratio is 20-to-1. The highest degree offered at Northeast Texas Community College is an associate degree. The school has an open admissions policy and offers credit for life experiences. Visit https://www.ntcc.edu/ for more information.