LBCC Receives $50k Drive Oregon Grant

Linn-Benton Community College received a $50,000 grant from Drive Oregon, part of a matching grant program designed to accelerate the growth of Oregon’s electric vehicle industry.

The grant will support the purchase of an advanced dynamometer for LBCC’s new Advanced Transportation Technology Center located in Lebanon. The grant is part of six projects totaling $179,926 from Drive Oregon.

John McArdle, LBCC Foundation development director, says the college values the connections it is making in Oregon’s growing electric vehicle industry. “This grant will help us meet the growing demand for people who are qualified to develop and maintain electric vehicles and other advanced transportation equipment,” said McArdle.

Lester Erlston, CEO of KersTech in Beaverton, noted that his company plans to work in partnership with LBCC to conduct dynamometer testing of its compound motor.

Drive Oregon is a non-profit organization working to develop hybrid and electric vehicles and energy storage technologies, funded in part by the Oregon State Lottery through Business Oregon.

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