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Technical Center students wrap donated Toyota Prius

RUTLAND - Students from Stafford Technical Center have "wrapped" a Toyata Prius donated to the school by Green Mountain Power. The students in Stafford's Digital Arts Program created the design, and the "wrap" was installed by the students in their Auto Refinishing & Collision Program with the assistance of Awesome Graphics of Rutland.

On Monday, June 10, Mary Powell, president and CEO of Green Mountain Power visited Stafford to celebrate the completion of the project and participate in a photo session with the students and the Toyota Prius.

Green Mountain Power donated the 2007 Toyata Prius to the school in the fall of 2012 for the use of students in the Automotive and Electrical/Plumbing programs as they learn about renewable energy, hybrid vehicles and related industries and technologies.

GMP also donated a solar car charging station, which will be used by the students as they learn how to return energy to grid and supply energy to local projects. The students assembled the solar array, and electronic components at the school.  The Solar array generates enough electricity on average to provide a full charge to the Plug-in Hybrid each day on average.

"The success of our local and regional economy is dependent upon a skilled and well educated workforce, one that is flexible to the changing technological needs of employers. Green Mountain Power is modeling a relationship with Stafford Technical Center that proactively fosters mentorship opportunities for students and shares resources and talent with instructors.  We are fortunate to have a partnership with Green Mountain Power," said Lyle Jepson, director of Stafford Technical Center.

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