PCC receives mini-grant
Piedmont Community College (PCC) has
received a mini-grant from the Greenforce Initiative to assist a PCC faculty
member in receiving training on procedures for testing the purity of biodiesel
and ethanol products.
Students in PCC’s Laboratory
Technology, Biotechnology and BioWork programs receive training in the
production of biodiesel and ethanol fuels as part of the College’s “green”
initiatives. A new component for testing the fuels’ purity will be incorporated
into those programs following PCC instructor Randy Durren’s completion of
training for using the FTIR (Fourier Transform Infrared) spectography. That
training will be held at the Shimadzu FTIR training conference in Columbia, MD.
The Greenforce Initiative mini-grant will assist with Durren’s training
In addition to the three on-campus
programs he teaches, Durren also will offer free classes on making and testing
biodiesel fuels through PCC’s Business Development and Entrepreneurship Center
(BDEC). As a result, people who complete the training will be able to create
fuels that can be used safely in their own systems.
PCC already owns the testing
equipment that it will begin using to teach biofuel testing applications using
the FTIR. The training will improve graduates’ marketability in their job
searches and will provide campus users of PCC’s biodiesel reactor methods for
testing of their biodiesel and ethanol products.
Greenforce Initiative is the
collective reference for a partnership between the National Wildlife Federation
and Jobs for the Future, funded by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation
and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.
For more information about PCC’s
Laboratory Technology, Biotechnology or BioWork programs, contact Randy Durren
at PCC at (336) 599-1181 or firstname.lastname@example.org.