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February 4, 2014

School, car dealer to team up, teach technology

By Mark Boshnack Staff Writer
The Daily Star

---- — The final touches are being placed on a Thursday-morning program that will bring cutting edge automobile technology to participating students at Delaware Academy middle and high schools, one of those involved said.

Thanks to the support of Country Club Automotive Group in Oneonta, students in the school’s alternative energy program will be able to get under the hood of the Chevrolet’s Volt extended range electric vehicle and the Impala with stop/start technology.

The school’s agriculture and technology, physics and chemistry classes are also expected to participate. The location is being worked out, for the morning program, alternative energy teacher Mark Kline said. He teaches the high school elective and is organizing the program.

Delaware Academy Superintendent Jason Thomson said “it’s a great experience for our kids.” The class is a college level program, in partnership with SUNY Delhi.

“I can’t say enough about the willingness of local businesses to get involved,” he said. It’s just another example of the support the school has gotten from the community.

Scott Davis, who is chief executive officer of Country Club Automotive Group, said “since we do business in the four county area, we are happy to help. The youth are our future, so we like to support them in anyway we can.”

Kline said the class seeks to educate students about options to fossil fuels. If energy can be generated from such green sources as hydroelectric and wind, these new technology cars provide some options. The program will provide students a chance to learn about something new. He hoped they would be excited to see the vehicles and how they work. Having this kind of support from local business, provides real world connections,” Kline said.