Barton Community College, Great Bend


Sponsors/Partners:  Cloud County Community College; Doonan Peterbuilt, GMC; Dove Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick; Kansas Soybean Commission; Marmie Lincoln, Ford; MEG Corporation

Thursday, October 18, 2012
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Event Location:
245 NE 30 Road
Great Bend, KS

Event Highlights: Barton Community College celebrated some of the most recent advances in energy by hosting National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day in the technical building on Barton’s campus. The event featured informational presentations on biodiesel, wind energy, and compressed natural gas auto conversions. Additionally, several alternative fuel vehicles were on display for the public, including a compressed natural gas truck provided by Doonan Truck, an E-Assist Chevrolet Malibu provided by Dove Chevrolet Buick Cadillac, a Toyota Camry Hybrid provided by Barton and a flex fuel vehicle and hybrid car provided by Marmie Lincoln, Ford.

Ron Kirmer, Site Coordinator
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Sponsors/Partners: Great Bend Farm Bureau, Great Bend Co-op


Attendance:90 students, consumers

Event Highlights: Barton Community College’s automotive technology program hosted a National AFV Day Odyssey event in its newly renovated automotive technology facility. The event featured hybrid and alternative fuel vehicle displays, such as the Kansas Corn Commission’s ethanol-fueled vehicle with general information about ethanol and the making of this fuel from corn. Other businesses presenting mini-seminars and displays included EV-Blue of Walton, Kansas, which takes regular cars and converts them into electric vehicles; Kansas Ethanol Plant of Lyons; and MEG Corporation, a consultant in biodiesel.

Also included in the event were industry speakers and presentations on various green topics, including gasoline-to-electric vehicle conversions, ethanol production, biodiesel production, wind energy, and interactive hybrid vehicle presentations. Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association talked about making hydrogen fuel from natural gas. West Wind Energy presented information on wind generation and how it can be used to charge electric vehicles.

Contact: Darcy Wedel, Automotive Instructor


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Host Site Coordinator: Barton Community College

Event Type: Open-house, Vehicle Displays, Educational Seminars

Sponsors/Partners: Kansas Corn Commission, Kansas Soybean Commission, Scholfield Honda, Barton Automotive, H-Line Conversions

Attendees: 250 Schools, Students, General Public

Event Highlights: Barton Community College hosted their National AFV Day Odyssey on October 3, 2008 in the automotive technology shop. The event allowed schools and the general public to see the trends in alternative fuel vehicles, meet the industry experts, explore ownership opportunities, and discover related training regarding alternative fuels. A festive atmosphere was created including prize drawings and a live radio remote. Free hotdogs, popcorn and water were served. The event featured many displays including flex-fuel vehicles, the Kansas Corn Car, Kansas biodiesel pick-up, 2009 Aspen hybrid SUV, and a compressed natural gas car. Also featured was Barton’s 2009 Toyota Camry hybrid. Barton is one of the first colleges in the state to gain use of a hybrid vehicle to teach automotive technology. In the spring, Barton’s Automotive Technology Program will also become one of the first in the state to offer a course strictly dedicated to hybrid and alternative fuels instruction. Participants were also able to attend a variety of seminars including “Hybrid Technology”, “Kansas Corn: Feed, Fuel, and Food,” “Biodiesel 101,” “Biodiesel and Electric Conversions,” and “Compressed Natural Gas Vehicles.”