Tesla starts community college courses to train technicians

Electric car maker Tesla Inc. is fostering community college training programs for what could be new blue-collar jobs as mechanics for the growing number of battery-powered vehicles.

A first group of Tesla technicians is set to graduate next week from a 12-week training program at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte. The company said a second group is nearing the end of classes at Rio Hondo College in Whittier, California.

Courses focus on skills specific to electric vehicles such as battery architecture and charging technology, and particularly servicing Tesla vehicles. A spokeswoman didn't respond Monday when asked how much of the costs of creating and delivering the courses are paid by the Palo Alto, California-based company.

Tesla produces or plans to make , a pickup truck and semi trucks.


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