Allan Hancock College and the Central California Environmental Training Center, in collaboration with the California Air Resources Board (CARB), invite representatives of local businesses, industry, governmental agencies and the general public to attend two free courses at the college’s Lompoc Valley Center in early August.

The center is located at One Hancock Drive.  The classes will be held in room 3-109.  Limited spaces are available, and online preregistration is highly recommended.  Parking permits are not required for these classes.

Diesel Vehicle Regulation Overview (CARB Course #512) will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, August 9.  This course provides an overview of many diesel programs, as well as new and existing regulations designed to reduce emissions from diesel vehicles used in California.  On-road commercial trucks and buses; transportation refrigeration units; and drayage trucks servicing ports as well as diesel vehicles employed off-road in construction, mining and other industries will be discussed.  Additionally, Green House Gas (GHG) control strategies and requirements related to EPA SmartWay standards will be addressed.

Diesel Exhaust After-Treatment Devices (CARB Course #511) will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 10.  Diesel particulate filters (DPF) have been verified by the Air Resources Board to reduce diesel emissions from diesel-fueled internal combustion engines by at least 85 percent.  DPF technology, therefore, remains at the forefront of California’s diesel risk reduction program.  This course discusses diesel particulates and their health effects; DPF theory, operation, construction and application; as well as regulations requiring particulate filters.  Also included in the course is an optional field trip the following day, August 11, to see application of diesel particulate filter technology at a representative facility to be announced at the time of class.

To register for either or both courses, visit http://www.arb.ca.gov/training/registration/registration.php.  The classes are taught by the Air Resources Board, not Hancock, and do not generate college credit.

The Central California Environmental Training Center (ETC), hosted at Allan Hancock College, helps small- to medium-sized businesses address, manage and comply with federal, state and local regulations concerning the environment, worker health and safety and homeland security.  The ETC coordinates and offers low-cost or free technical assistance and affordable, “just in time” training, including customized, on-site instruction.  The center serves the greater South Central region, including San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura and Northern Los Angeles counties.  It is one of four regional ETCs throughout the state that is sponsored in part by the Economic and Workforce Development program of the California Community Colleges system.

For more information about the CARB classes or the Central California ETC, contact Margaret Lau, Project Director, at 805-735-3366 ext. 5276 or margaret.lau@hancockcollege.edu.